Capture of the Dragon was completed by Sunita Williams and Akihiko Hoshide at 3:56 AM Phoenix time (10:56 UTC). Suni: “Looks like we tamed the dragon, she’s on board with us.”
Referring to the fact that Dragon is capable of carrying powered equipment to and from the space station, the space station crew reported that they had captured Dragon and were looking forward to the chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream in the freezer aboard the space craft.
At 4:45 Phoenix time, the space station crew is preparing for Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) inspection.
The CBM has been inspected and has been confirmed to be in good condition. Since the ISS is out of range of KU communication, there will be a 10-15 minute wait until the crew can move the robotic arm to the pre-install position.
In the image below, the Dragon Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) is in the upper right and the Harmony Node is in the lower left. The ISS crew is waiting to receive permission to move the Dragon to the pre-install position.
At 5:15 AM Phoenix time (12:15 UTC), Dragon is being moved to the pre-install position.
The ground crew is preparing to give the go ahead to berth the Dragon. Currently the Flight director hand-over is in work for transition from Orbit-1 to Orbit-2.
The flight director has begun to continue the process leading up to berthing. Suni is checking that the thrusters have been safed.
At 5:41 AM, the Dragon is again in motion, moving toward the bottom of the Harmony module.
And Suni has confirmed contact: “We are ready to latch”.
First stage capture is complete and the bolts have been tightened. The robotic arm has been “limped”, but not disengaged.
Second stage capture is underway, 272 Miles above the South Atlantic. With the re-establishment of solid comm, Suni can proceed.
At 6:03 AM (13:03 UTC), installation has been confirmed.
Graphic showing all the vehicles currently attached to the International Space Station.