Expedition 44 Crew Docks To The International Space Station | Summary and Q&A

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July 23, 2015
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Expedition 44 Crew Docks To The International Space Station

TL;DR

Soyuz spacecraft successfully completes final approach and docking with the International Space Station.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the purpose of the final approach and docking of the Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station?

The final approach and docking allow the Soyuz spacecraft to safely connect with the International Space Station, allowing crew members to transfer between the two vehicles and for the replenishment of supplies.

Q: How is visibility affected during the docking process?

Visibility can be affected during the docking process, especially when the spacecraft enters eclipse. To aid visibility, flood lights are activated, helping the crew to align the spacecraft with the docking target.

Q: What is the range rate and why is it important during the final approach?

Range rate refers to the speed at which the spacecraft is approaching the International Space Station. It is crucial to maintain a controlled range rate to ensure a smooth and safe docking process.

Q: What are the indicators the crew uses to align the spacecraft with the docking target?

The crew uses crosshairs and overlay displays to align the spacecraft with the docking target. They visually check the alignment of the target with the crosshairs to ensure proper alignment before docking.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The Soyuz TMA 17m spacecraft begins its final approach and docking with the International Space Station.

  • The spacecraft slowly approaches the station, aligning with the docking target.

  • As the spacecraft enters eclipse, flood lights are activated to aid visibility during docking.

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