The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) captured SpaceX’s Dragon 1 cargo module on Monday local time using a robotic arm, Canadarm2,media reported. This is the latest time ISS has used the robotic arm to catch a dragon ship. The CRS-20 was launched on Friday by the Falcon 9 rocket, the last mission of SpaceX’s CRS-1 contract with NASA.
CRS stands for Commercial Resupply Services.
But in 2016, SpaceX signed a new CRS-2 contract with NASA. Future resupply missions will use the next-generation Capsule 2 Dragon 2, which will automatically dock directly with ISS without the need for a robotic arm.
“Under the CRS-2 contract, future missions will use the Dragon 2 spacecraft, which will land in the Atlantic Ocean when it returns to Earth,” NASA said in a statement released last week. “
It is reported that the last Dragon 1 spacecraft is now installed on the ISS, is expected to stay at the space station until April, when it will return to Earth and land in the Pacific Ocean. This will eventually mark the torch will pass from the Dragon 1 to the hands of the 2nd Dragon spacecraft.