NASA Astronauts Install New Docking Ports At ISS

Posted: Aug 20 2016, 5:54pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 20 2016, 6:00pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


NASA Astronauts Install new docking ports at ISS
Photo Credit: Getty Images

The first of the two new docking ports for commercial space ships were installed by NASA astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS), the US space agency reported.

During a spacewalk of 5 hours and 58 minutes on Friday, astronauts Jeff Williams, Commander of the 48th expedition and flight engineer Kate Rubins, fixed the first two points of the International Docking Adapter (IDA), EFE news reported.

The IDA's will be used for future arrivals of manned commercial aircraft from Boeing and SpaceX, developed under the NASA manned commercial program, the agency said in a statement.

The installation will give NASA an independent access to the ISS for the first time since the withdrawal of its fleet of space shuttles in 2011.

So far, NASA depends on the Russian Soyuz vessels.

Jeff Williams said in a statement that the IDA has opened a new chapter in the history of the ISS enabling the access for future commercial vehicles.

The new docking mechanism was transported in June to the ISS aboard a Dragon capsule by California-based private firm SpaceX, after the first IDA was lost during the launch failure of a SpaceX flight in June 2015.

According to NASA, commercial flights from Florida to the ISS will increase the time for US crews to devote to scientific research and help prepare astronauts for deeper space missions, including possible travel to Mars. 

You May Like


The Author

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/59" rel="author">IANS</a>
The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) was established in 1986, initially to serve as an information bridge between India and its thriving Diaspora in North America. Now IANS is a full-fledged wire agency, putting out news 24x7 from around the world.




Leave a Comment

Share this Story

Follow Us
Follow I4U News on Twitter
Follow I4U News on Facebook

You Also Like


Read the Latest from I4U News