When SpaceX is livestreaming their CRS missions they usually end up by separating the payload from the second stage with an altitude at about 200 km. But I am wondering how the payload gets up to the 400 km altitude where the ISS is located.

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    $\begingroup$ The orbit might be elliptical and the deployment might happen at periapsis $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Dec 21, 2019 at 23:28
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    $\begingroup$ They make multiple adjustments using their Draco thrusters to adjust the orbit, step by step. $\endgroup$
    – geoffc
    Dec 22, 2019 at 21:59


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