Space debris can delay the Dragon spacecraft docking to the ISS

07.10.2012

International Space Station may be necessary evasive action to debris on Monday, but it can only slightly delay the docking of private spaceship Dragon with the ISS, told the program director at NASA ISS Michael Suffredini.
 


American Dragon spacecraft
© Photo: Space Exploration Technologies Corp

Dragon will go to my first "commercial" flight to the ISS on October 7 at 20.34 local time (04.34 MSK eighth of October) from the launch site at Cape Canaveral. In May, Dragon has made flight to the station with the load, but this was considered a flight demonstration.

Suffredini said that, according to experts, on Monday can approach the ISS and space debris, which may require correction of the orbit station.

"So far, everything looks good, most likely, no correction is required," — Suffredini said at a press conference by NASA.

According to him, if NASA and the ISS partners will decide on the need for correction of the orbit, the agency in conjunction with SpaceX will adjust the flight plan the ship.

In this case, Suffredini said that it is only the delay docking, but not abolish the vehicle start.

"I can not imagine a scenario in which we will ask to postpone the launch of SpaceX," — said the representative of NASA.

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell (Gwynn Shotwell) explained that if the launch will take place on schedule, rendezvous and docking with the ISS will occur after approximately 53 hours after the start of the ship. Dragon docked with the station arm this time will be astronauts Akihiko Hoshide and Sunita Williams.

According to Shotwell, this time SpaceX will not hold a special testing of communication systems and GPS spacecraft that were part of the program of the May demonstration flight because "we were able to ensure that all working as designed."

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