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New Resupply Craft Replenishes Expedition 30

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:49 am via: NASA
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An ISS Progress 47 cargo craft docked to the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment Sunday at 10:39 a.m. EDT. The Russian resupply craft replenishes the Expedition 30 crew with 2.8 tons of food, fuel and supplies. The cargo delivery includes 1988 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air, 926 pounds of water and 2703 pounds of spare parts, resupply items and experiment hardware.

The new cargo craft replaces the ISS Progress 46 cargo craft which undocked Thursday morning with its load of trash and discarded gear. It will deorbit after several days of engineering tests for a fiery destruction over the Pacific Ocean.

The next cargo craft to visit the station will be the SpaceX Dragon capsule targeted for launch on April 30 at 12:22 p.m. For its test flight the first commercial cargo craft will deliver food, experiment gear and station hardware. After a series of demonstration maneuvers it will rendezvous with the station to be grappled and berthed to the Harmony node.

Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers are training for the arrival of the Dragon capsule. They will work in the cupola and use the Canadarm2 to retrieve Dragon and berth it. After 18 days of docked operations the duo will then detach and release Dragon for its splashdown in the Pacific Ocean 250 miles off the U.S. west coast.

Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin are getting ready to end their stay on April 27. They will undock at 4:19 a.m. in the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft and land in Kazakhstan a little over three hours later ending Expedition 30.

Finally, three new crew members are scheduled to arrive at the orbiting laboratory’s Poisk mini-research module on May 17. Flight Engineers Gennady Padalka, Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin will dock in the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft joining Pettit, Kuipers and Expedition 31 Commander Oleg Kononenko.

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