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Questions tagged [docking-port]

Questions regarding devices used to join two spacecraft together during flight.

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With six spacecraft currently docked at the ISS, how could Santa (or anyone else) deliver presents?

This ISS tweet says: Three days after launching from Florida the @SpaceX #Dragon cargo craft was installed to the Harmony module at 10:36 a.m. EST. There are now six spaceships parked at the ...
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How is the docking hatch on the Progress/ATV opened?

Normally during the Progress or ATV hatch opening procedure the crew inside the ISS turn a handle to unseal the SSVP drogue cover which they then pull inward, revealing the Progress docking probe and ...
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Could the Tiangong-2 dock to the ISS?

As far I know, in the time of the MIR + Space Shuttle dockings it was a problem to solve. Are their docking systems compatible?
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How does one refer to the “port port” on the ISS?

Saying "port port" is clumsy. Should I refer to it as the port berthing mechanism? Is there specific terminology for what I'm referring to or are there a few options? Also, I'm specifically ...
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What is the advantage of SSVP docking mechanism?

Sistema Stykovki i Vnutrennego Perekhoda (SSVP) is a probe-and-drogue docking mechanism widely used in Soviet and Russian manned spaceflight. Comparing to the Androgynous Peripheral Attach System (...
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Why does it take 2-3 years to build the third IDA?

I am wondering why it takes two to three years to build this tiny little international docking adapter IDA 3? Every year 4-6 Soyouz spaceships are built.
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Are any androgynous docking systems currently in use?

Are there any androgynous docking/berthing systems currently in use for docking? I've browsed the list and it seems all the androgynous systems fall into three groups: obsolete / used on crafts no ...
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Why was the APAS docking system developed?

The APAS docking system was first used on the Apollo Soyuz Test Project mission. Both parties (US and USSR) already had developed and used docking mechanisms by then. Is there any truth to the claim (...
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Can X-37B dock with the ISS

X-37 can fly in the same orbit as ISS but can they dock?
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Can an attachment site on an asteroid by a spacecraft be privatized?

With the knowledge that space exploration is open to all, can a feasible and convenient attachment site be claimed and used only by a single country?
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Soyuz 16 ASTP rehearsal for Apollo Soyuz - Diagram required

I recall that I saw a diagram of Soyuz 16 (the full ASTP rehearsal performed by Filiptchenko and Rukavishinikov in late 1974) made by Schliadinsky in a magazine. It featured the docking ring simulator....
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What are the masses of the docking / berthing mechanisms used by the ISS?

I have been unable to find any information on the masses of the docking / berthing mechanisms used by the ISS. What are the masses of the APAS-95, Active / Passive Common Berthing Mechanism, and ...
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Can a Boeing CST-100 be used to provide station reboost?

In the question: "Can Dragon, or Dragon V2 be used to boost the ISS orbit?" I asked if the Dragon V1/V2 can provide station reboost functionality that is currently provided by the ATV or Progress ...
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Are space stations compatible?

I know that there are (at least) two space stations in operation: The ISS and the Chinese one (which I don’t remember the name now) Imagine, that China, EU, Russia and USA agree on cooperating in the ...
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How many docking/berthing operations can a CBM port tolerate?

Generally the CBM ports were meant to connect new space station nodes together. The nadir port on Harmony (Node 2) has been used for more berthings than any other that I am aware of. As of Jan 2014,...
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How much crew time is required for visiting craft, at the ISS?

Looking at the first six months of 2014's launch schedule for spacecraft visiting the ISS we have: Jan 8 - Orbital Cygnus - Node 2 zenith CBM Feb 5 - Progress - Russian segment port Feb 22 - SpaceX ...
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When a new module is added to the ISS, do they still do the “Shake” test?

I recall reading, that when Mir would get a new module added, after it was docked, a cosmonaut would stand in, feet on one wall, hands on the other, and try to shake it, to ensure the docking seal was ...
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On Mir, Zarya, or Zvezda, do docking ports consume space inside the module?

I have been asking about why Zarya, Zvezda have the number of docking ports they have, and whether more will be needed. This got me thinking about what the inside of the docking module looks like. ...
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Why did Zarya (FGB) come with a single docking port?

Initially, the Russians did not wish to launch the FGB (Functional Block), now named Zarya, which was the first ISS component launched. But the US wanted it, so they could launch a US component sooner....
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Why were the docking ports removed from Zvezda? (Service Module)

Zvezda, the third ISS module, (I think it was Zarya (FGB), Node 1, and then Zvezda) known as the Service Module was actually built as a spare for Mir and was originally to be the core of Mir-2. But ...