Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chapter 7: Rendezvous Maneuver

In close proximity the Clipper starts to use it's own instruments for the remaining flight. The first step is to align the docking-device-axis to its counterpart on the station. While closing by, both docking-devices move over each other. After some fine adjustments, the Clipper hooks (with a kind of probe) into the stations docking-module and the soft-docking is accomplished. The probe is retracting, both vehicles are pulled into each other and docking-clamps finally establish a hermetically sealed connection.

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