The Crew Dragon spacecraft of the American company SpaceX has docked with the ISS to make room for the CST-100 Starliner of the Boeing Corporation, which will arrive in orbit at the end of July.
The broadcast was conducted on the NASA website, the whole operation took 47 minutes. The work on the re-docking was carried out by American, European and Japanese astronauts who arrived at the station on Crew Dragon in April.
The second test unmanned launch of the Starliner to the ISS is scheduled for July 30. The ship weighing 13 tons, designed for a crew of seven people and an autonomous flight for 60 hours, should dock at the station the next evening.
For the first time, the Starliner was launched to the International Space Station at the end of 2019. However, the docking with the orbital complex was canceled due to technical problems, the ship was returned to Earth.
In early July, during the flight of the Progress MS-17 spacecraft, Russian specialists worked out a scheme that allows getting to the ISS in an hour and a half. It is planned to continue its development in the next flights of spacecraft of this type.