Science and Exploration

Getting Ready To Capture a Dragon In Space

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
February 27, 2017
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Getting Ready To Capture a Dragon In Space

The robotics workstation inside the station’s Cupola module is seen prior to the robotic capture of SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft.

The commercial spacecraft launched on Feb. 19 and carried about 5,500 pounds of experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory. Expedition 50 crew members Thomas Pesquet and Shane Kimbrough used the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to capture Dragon, then handed command over to ground controllers to attach Dragon to the station.

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