A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft reaches ISS on 24th April, which is less than 24 hours following its launch from Florida, offering the station its biggest crew in 10 years. The Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour, which releases from the Kennedy Space Center on 23rd April, lands with the station’s Harmony module at 5:08 a.m. Eastern. The four Crew-2 astronauts join their 7 colleagues on the station about 2.5 hours later.
Endeavor, which also flies the Demo-2 operation to the station last summer, has a principally trouble-free flight to the ISS. The only problem is the exterior of the spacecraft: supervisors asked the crew to come back into their suits. In addition, also shut their blinds numerous hours after release as a precaution. This is when a portion of space debris projects to cross close to the spacecraft. The debris passes the spacecraft around 1:45 p.m. Eastern on April 23 without an event. Also, the Crew Dragon did not maneuver in order to evade the object, which NASA did not classify.
Steve Jurczyk is the acting administrator at NASA, he said the following at a meeting shortly after the hatch opens:
- It is overwhelming to see the 11 of you on the station
- I am truly happy for this new era for International Space Station
Along with the arrival of Crew-2, the station has 11 people on board. This is for the first time from the time when the STS-134 shuttle operation in May 2011. Five people join the six people on the station who reach on two Soyuz spacecraft. After which two Crew Dragon spacecraft transport eight astronauts to the station. In the meanwhile, a Soyuz transports the other three.
Joel Montalbano is the ISS program manager at NASA. On 20th April in a meeting regarding the Crew-2 operation, he said, “There are a few things that you have to do.” This is in order to help the extra crew. It involves additional consumables with an increase in the volume of the station’s life support systems. This is along with impermanent sleeping provisions for the extra astronauts.
The crew size expansion is impermanent, as the Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft will return the four Crew-1 astronauts to Earth on 28th April. The spacecraft will undock at 7:05 a.m. Eastern and splosh down in the Gulf of Mexico south of Tallahassee, Florida, at 12:40 p.m. Eastern.