Dragon Capsule Docking Still in Question

Artist's conception of SpaceX Dragon capsule berthing to the ISS (Credits: SpaceX).

According to Ria/Novosti, the Russian space agency Roscosmos denied SpaceX the permission to dock to the International Space Station in its next COTS demonstration mission, to be launched in November. The agency reported a statement of Alexei Krasov, head of the human spaceflight department of Roscosmos: “We will not issue docking permission unless the necessary level of reliability and safety is proven,” he said, “so far we have no proof that this spacecraft duly comply with the accepted norms of spaceflight safety.”

Shortly after the RIA/Novosti press release, NASA released a comment on twitter, reading: “Sorry, despite @ria_novosti reports, a decision has yet to be made regarding the upcoming @SpaceXer test flight to ISS. Incorrect story.”

Roscosmos officials have previously expressed their disagreement on allowing the Dragon to dock to the ISS in its November COTS demonstration mission on the ground of safety related concerns.

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Andrea Gini

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Andrea Gini is a scientific journalist and a professional of the space industry, working as a contractor on ISS Payload Safety. He is the Editor-in-chief of the Space Safety Magazine. Andrea is also Chairman of the Information and Communication Committee of the International Association for Advancement in Space Safety (IAASS), publisher of the Space Safety Magazine, and he is responsible for the communication strategy of the association, Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in scientific journalism from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.

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