Let the Unloading Begin Aboard the ISS

After arriving to the International Space Station on April 10, the U.S. SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft was captured by Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency operating the station’s Canadarm2. A few hours later, Robotic flight controllers at Mission Control in Houston installed and bolted Dragon onto the ISS. Loaded with some three and a half tons of supplies and experiments including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), Dragon will remain attached to Harmony for a month. For the first time, Dragon is occupying a port next door to the U.S. Orbital ATK Cygnus commercial cargo vehicle, which was berthed to the Unity module on March 26. In addition to the Russian ISS Progress 63 resupply vehicle that arrived at the complex April 2, Dragon’s installation completed the delivery of 12 tons of cargo to the station from three spacecraft in as many weeks.

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