Video courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency
If all goes according to plan after the May 7 launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket – the company’s Dragon spacecraft will be on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). It will then rendezvous with the space station and test out several vital systems. If everything goes well – the crew currently on the ISS will grapple the privately-owned spacecraft and berth it to the Earth-facing node of the station’s Harmony Module.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has produced a brief video detailing what this should look like. The CSA’s primary contribution to the ISS has been the Canadarm 2 and the Dextre robot. It will be Canadarm 2 that the crew will use to grapple Dragon and berth it to the ISS.