ISS Crew Captures, Berths Dragon
Fri, May 25, 2012
The crew of the International Space Station successfully grappled the privately-owned, funded, and built Dragon spacecraft on Friday morning.
The capture procedure was conducted primarily by NASA astronaut Don Pettit and ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers 250 miles above Australia. The capture was about two hours behind schedule because SpaceX ground controllers needed to realign the LIDAR system as it closed to within 100 meters of the ISS. LIDAR (an acronym for Light Detection and Ranging) is used to determine range, rate of approach, and velocity during the approach and rendezvous with the space station.
Images: Dragon Captured by ISS Crew
The SpaceX Dragon immediately after being captured by NASA astronaut Don Pettit (Credit: NASA, 2012)