Sunday, September 18, 2011
Russians Nix SpaceX ISS Docking Attempt
The commercial SpaceX Dragon capsule will conduct a flight near the International Space Station (ISS), but docking between them is not planned. This comes from a statement issued by Vladimir Solovyov, head of the Russian segment of the ISS mission control center on Friday and posted on the Russian news site RIA Novosti in an echo of a position of 5-months ago.
Moreover both NASA and SpaceX stated that while a final determination has yet to be made – the private space firm has not been denied the opportunity to dock with the International Space Station. Thus leaving the flight’s status in a sort of limbo. This situation also highlights that the assorted international members involved on ISS – don’t always agree. There may be some competitive friction.
SpaceX, has earlier announced plans to launch its Dragon capsule toward the orbiting lab on November 30, 2011 with a historic docking slated for nine days later. The scheduled flight launch has too been placed in limbo by the delay of astronauts and cosmonauts being placed into orbit aboard Soyuz spacecraft.