Robotic removal of the Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 from Tranquility to Harmony module aboard ISS

NASA handily provided a schematic of the move of the pressurized mating adapter during the televised broadcast.

The mating adapter was moved to allow the International Docking Adapter  to be installed early next year. The new docking port will allow commercial craft, such as SpaceX Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station. Currently they are manually docked to the space station using the Canadian robotic arm, Canadarm2.


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