LIVE! CRS-3 payloads installation

This was a LIVE blog on 4/30/14 about the CRS-3 payloads installation by DEXTRE. The photos were obtained from ISS LIVE from NASA website. Here’s the link.

The first photo shows the interior of the unpressurized cargo trunk of Dragon showing the main external payloads delivered to ISS. This photo has been rotated and labeled to better understand the position of the payloads in relation to the ISS orientation.

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DEXTRE has been powered up to remove the HDEV payload first.

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A better view of the HDEV payload.

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An outside view of DEXTRE close to Dragon’s trunk.

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HDEV is being removed now. We can see for the first time the FRAM flight hardware detail that holds the payload.

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Here is a representation with the papermodel.

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A representation with the papermodel.

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A view of the trunk after the removal of HDEV payload.

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A view of DEXTRE removing the HDEV from the trunk.

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DEXTRE is now heading to the Columbus module to install the HDEV on the Nadir external payload support.

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DEXTRE papermodel installing the HDEV payload.

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While this is underway, there was a false smoke alarm aboard the station. Nothing to worry. Work with DEXTRE continues.

Photo shows the position of ISS now.

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HDEV has been successfully installed on Columbus external payload rack.

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CRS-3 payloads information site

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2 responses to “LIVE! CRS-3 payloads installation

  1. This is so awesome! I had no idea the items in the unpressurized trunk just sort of… sat there, like that. I had thought there was some sort of fancy mechanism – apparently not! Thanks for making these models available, it’s pretty revolutionary that we can have live, completely accurate models of a space station in orbit that we update with each mission to it. Building the Falcon 9 v1.2 right now, dunno what I’ll do with it other than look at it happily!

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