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Dragon Capsule Lined Up for Docking

After capture by ISS' robotic arm, maneuvered into position

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Dragon Capsule Lined Up for Docking


Hello, gorgeous!

The ISS captured the SpaceX dragon capsule earlier this morning and is in the process of lining it up to dock with the station. Above you're looking at Dragon from the camera at the docking point. And below you can see the arm maneuvering the spacecraft into position with the station's robotic arm. A successful docking would be proof that the shift toward privatizing space flight is possible. But, don't forget that Dragon has to make it back to earth safely with 650 kg of ISS gear on board. And it will still probably be years before SpaceX is ferrying humans into space. 

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Two men fix metal rods to a gold-foiled satellite component in a warehouse/clean room environment

Technicians at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems facilities in Redondo Beach, Calif., work on a mockup of the JWST spacecraft bus—home of the observatory’s power, flight, data, and communications systems.


For a deep dive into the engineering behind the James Webb Space Telescope, see our collection of posts here.

When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) reveals its first images on 12 July, they will be the by-product of carefully crafted mirrors and scientific instruments. But all of its data-collecting prowess would be moot without the spacecraft’s communications subsystem.

The Webb’s comms aren’t flashy. Rather, the data and communication systems are designed to be incredibly, unquestionably dependable and reliable. And while some aspects of them are relatively new—it’s the first mission to use Ka-band frequencies for such high data rates so far from Earth, for example—above all else, JWST’s comms provide the foundation upon which JWST’s scientific endeavors sit.

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