Yesterday the BEAM experimental module, connected to the International Space Station on April 16, has been inflated and pressurized after the first attempt began on Thursday was interrupted. The installation operations will be completed when the pressure inside it will be equalized with that in the rest of the Station. At that point, the crew can begin the testing phase, which will go on for approximately two years.
A little while ago the operations to connect the BEAM expandable module to the International Space Station were completed. The operation lasted about four hours during which the Canadarm2 robotic arm was used to transport BEAM from the unpressurized section of the Dragon spacecraft to the Tranquillity module. At that point, it was berthed to the Station via remote control, just like they do with the cargo spacecraft. This is only the first phase of its installation, which will proceed slowly, step by step.
A little while ago the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft was captured by the robotic arm Canadarm2 on the International Space Station. Tim Peake, assisted by his fellow astronaut Jeff Williams, managed the operation and started moving the Dragon to the berthing point at the Harmony module. The spacecraft was launched last Friday and arrived a little more than 20 minutes later than scheduled because it was slowed down by atmosphere drag but eventually the first leg of its mission was accomplished.
A little while ago the Progress MS-2 spacecraft docked with the International Space Station in the mission also referred to as Progress 63. The Russian space freighter blasted off last Thursday and carries food, water, scientific experiments, propellant and various hardware. This arrival confirms the success for the new version of the Progress spacecraft.
The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft, launched on March 23, has just reached the International Space Station and was captured by the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Astronaut Tim Kopra, assisted by his colleague Tim Peake, will soon begin the slow maneuver that will move the Cygnus until it docks with the Station’s Harmony node after about two hours.