Dragon & Progress Supply Ships Arrive at Space Station

Dragon berthed at the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA TV)
Dragon berthed at the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA TV)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was bolted into place on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 10:03 a.m. EDT on Wednesday as the station flew about 252 statute miles over the California and Oregon border.

The spacecraft is delivering nearly 5,000 pounds of science, hardware and supplies, including instruments to perform the first-ever DNA sequencing in space, and the first of two identical international docking adapters (IDA). The IDAs will provide a means for commercial spacecraft to dock to the station in the near future as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Dragon is the second cargo spacecraft to arrive on station this week. On Monday, July 18, a Russian ISS Progress 64 cargo craft docked to the Pirs docking compartment of the space station at 8:22 p.m., where it will remain for about six months.

The Progress spacecraft has more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 48 crew.

Dragon is scheduled to depart the space station Aug. 29 when it will return critical science research back to Earth.

For more information on the SpaceX CRS-9 mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacex.

For more information about the current crew and the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.

  • windbourne

    funny how little ppl have spoken about Dragon.
    The cargo, namely the LIDS adapter, is an important piece to western human launch efforts. In particular, we have relied on Russia for all of human launch for 5 years. I am sure that they are happy about having their space effort paid for, BUT, it is foolish for us to depend fully on only 1 launch system.
    IOW, we NEED 2 or more different systems with only small breaks.
    In addition, with adding one of the 7 man systems, we can finally have the ISS up to the full potential of 7, perhaps more when if and when, we add another module to the station.

    Personally, I would love to see us add a BA-330 as a habitation module, assuming that noise abatement actually works in it. If so, then it would be possible to split the crew into shifts, except for when doing modifications to the ISS itself.