A day afterfrom the Kennedy Space Middle, a Crew Dragon spacecraft docked on the Worldwide Space Station early Friday, bringing two NASA astronauts, a Russian cosmonaut and a United Arab Emirates astronaut to the outpost for a six-month keep.
With Crew-6 commander Stephen Bowen and pilot Woody Hoburg monitoring pc shows, flanked on the correct by cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev and on the left by Sultan Alneyadi, the Crew Dragon engaged the docking mechanism of the ahead Concord module’s space-facing port at 1:40 a.m. EST.
The docking got here a bit later than deliberate whereas SpaceX engineers developed and examined a software program patch to work round a defective sensor on one of many 12 hooks wanted to lock the Crew Dragon in place.
“After a short scenic detour, welcome to the Worldwide Space Station,” David Hwang, a crew communicator in SpaceX mission management, radioed from Hawthorne, California.
“We’re completely satisfied to be right here,” replied Bowen, veteran of three space shuttle missions.
Moments later, all 12 hooks retracted as anticipated to firmly lock the Crew Dragon in place, kicking off leak checks to confirm an hermetic structural seal.
Hatches have been opened about two hours after docking and the crew lastly floated into the space station and welcomed aboard by Crew-5 commander Nicole Mann, Josh Cassada, Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Anna Kikina, alongside with Soyuz MS-22/23 fliers Sergey Prokopyev, Dmitri Petelin and NASA astronaut Frank Rubio
“Howdy, all people. I am so glad (we’re) right here (with) our associates,” station commander Prokopyev, talking English, stated in a welcome ceremony. “That is superb to see your smiles right here, and we’re wanting ahead to work collectively. And Steve, Sultan, Andrey, Woody, my congratulations for be a part of(ing) us.”
He additionally congratulated the Crew Dragon’s three rookie fliers.
“This is a vital a part of your life,” he stated. “Andrey turned cosmonaut, Woody and Sultan astronauts. So that they’re actual astronauts now! I want you good wellness right here and a cheerful flight. Trying ahead to work collectively.”
Mentioned Bowen: “I am wanting ahead to spending the following six months engaged on board and sending Crew-5 residence for a well-deserved relaxation after some arduous work.”
Crew-6 is changing Mann, Cassada, Wakata and Kikina, who launched to the station final October. They will spend about 5 days familiarizing their replacements with the intricacies of station operations earlier than strapping into their very own Crew Dragon, undocking and returning to Earth round March 9 to shut out a 154-day mission.
“Excited to get you guys on board, and never simply because we get to go residence after that,” Cassada radioed the Crew-6 Dragon through the ultimate phases of the rendezvous.
“We agree, we’ll be completely satisfied to ship you residence,” Bowen replied. “And look ahead to seeing you this afternoon, this morning, this night, no matter it occurs to be.”
Prokopyev, Petelin and Rubio have been launched to the lab final September and initially deliberate to fly residence later this month.
However their Soyuz MS-22 ferry ship was crippled December 14 when a presumed micrometeoroid ruptured a coolant line. They will now trip aagain to Earth. However to get the crew rotation schedule again on observe, the trio must spend an extra six months in space, coming residence this fall after a full 12 months in orbit.