SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Freedom will arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) early Saturday morning (January 20) with the four astronauts on the special Ax-3 mission, and you can watch the event live.
The Ax-3 launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday (Jan. 18), beginning a roughly 36-hour orbital chase. That chase is scheduled to end on Saturday around 4:19 a.m. EDT (0919 GMT), when the Freedom ship docks in the forward port on the station’s Harmony module.
You can watch the rendezvous and docking activities here on Space.com, provided by NASA, or directly through the space agency. Coverage will begin Saturday at 2:30 a.m. EST (0730 GMT).
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Ax-3 is the third crewed mission to the International Space Station organized by Axiom Space in Houston. It carries Axiom’s first all-European crew, including the first astronaut from Turkey, mission specialist Alper Gezeravci. He was joined by Ax-3 mission commander and former NASA astronaut Michael “LA” Lopez-Alegría (who holds dual US and Spanish citizenship), mission pilot and Italian Air Force Colonel Walter Velade, and mission specialist Markus Wandt of European Aerospace. an agency.
The hatches between the ISS and the Freedom capsule are scheduled to open about 90 minutes after docking, allowing the Ax-3 quad to float aboard the orbiting laboratory.
While aboard the station, Ax-3 crew members will live and work alongside the station’s current residents, and conduct experiments for a variety of research investigations. Much of the science involved in Axiom’s first two crewed missions focused on human spaceflight and habitability in microgravity environments, and this latest mission continues that trend.
Ax-3 research includes robotic experiments using high-strength alloys, with implications for construction and assemblies in space; A trial from Turkey called Vokalkord, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to diagnose dozens of diseases by analyzing someone’s cough or speech; And many other investigations in physics, biology and microgravity.
The Ax-3 crew is scheduled to spend up to 14 days aboard the orbiting laboratory, after which the astronauts and their SpaceX capsule will depart the International Space Station and return to Earth with a parachute-assisted landing off the coast of Florida.