Capturing a Cygnus spacecraft


Capturing a spacecraft requires a complex choreography between human and machine, but these two make it look easy. In this video ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and @NASA astronaut Megan McArthur work together to grapple and berth the @Northrop Grumman Cygnus 16 spacecraft on the Earth-facing port of the Unity module on the International Space Station.

At 12:07 CEST (11:07 BST) Thursday 12 August, Megan used the International Space Station’s robotic Canadarm2 to grapple the spacecraft packed with over 3700 kg of science and supplies as Thomas monitored Cygnus systems during its approach.

The Cygnus will remain docked to the Station for about three months before it departs in November 2021.

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  1. D'habitude moi qui comprends plutôt bien l'anglais, là je nage dans le flou spatial ! ^^ J'ai quand même compris "capture close" ^^ Donc j'ai compris que Megan et Thomas devaient capturer le Cygnus avec le bras robotique pour l'amener à l'amarrage afin de décharger son contenu ! ^^ Merci pour le post de la vidéo ! A la fin, on peut voir que Thomas ouvre les volets, donc c'est le début de la journée…

  2. I'm used to undestanding English very well, but here, i'm swimming in (spatial) fuzzy ! Nevertheless, i managed to understand "capture close"! So, i understood that Megan and Thomas had to capture the Cygnus with the Robotic Arm (i wonder if that was the ERA) ? in order to lead it to dock before unloading its containt ! 😉 Thanks for the video post ! Great ! A the end, we can see Thomas opening the shutters, so its the beginning of the day…

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