Spacewalk Planned to Install ISS Docking Adapter

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Despite Other Testing Setbacks, NASA Moves One Step Closer to American Space Independence

A couple of weeks ago, a SpaceX Dragon capsule docked with the ISS and delivered some slime that got a lot of coverage (because…kids) and a really cool new thing. That really cool new thing was a new International Docking Adapter (IDA). This is the third IDA to be installed on the ISS and will accommodate spacecraft from SpaceX, Boeing, and other international craft. As such, astronauts aboard the ISS, even as I type this, prepare for a spacewalk planned for August 21st to install the adapter.  

The Big Picture

NASA’s overall vision, shared by SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and others, started when the agency decommissioned the Space Shuttle program back in the G.W. Bush administration. In the subsequent eight years, we’ve been bumming rides off of the Russians at $81 million per launch. NASA, SpaceX, and Boeing all hoped that we’d have stopped doing that by now. It turns out, however, that while SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets and their Dragon cargo capsules work very well at giving non-living things a lift up to the space station, sending humans up is another story entirely.

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Neither the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule nor the Boeing CST-100 will fly anytime soon, though. Testing at SpaceX recently uncovered a major design flaw in the capsule’s fuel delivery system. Unfortunately, the workaround renders the original dream of using propulsion engines to softly land the capsule impossible for now.  Boeing, on the other hand, has yet to even launch a CST-100 capsule. The aerospace giant is well behind schedule and well behind SpaceX in the development of its own capsule.  

SpaceX hoped to launch a manned mission with the Crew Dragon later this year, but officials now indicate it might not be until next year.

Nevertheless, preparations for every other part of that critical first manned mission continue in SpaceX facilities across the country. Now the ISS astronauts are preparing to do their part. Here’s a compilation of what they’ll be up against… just because NASA has a spacewalk planned, and that’s pretty heckin’ sweet!

By the way, you can watch the spacewalk live at NASA.gov on August 21st, beginning at 8 pm, EST.


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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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