The SpaceX Crew Dragon apparently brought a party spirit with supplies at its first visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Russia has sent a complaint to NASA about the strange delivery.
The incident occurred early in March, when the Crew Dragon arrived at the ISS, head of the Cosmonaut Training Center Pavel Vlasov customs RIA Novosti on Friday. As it was a test flight, the ship was unmatched and brought a mass of supplies and a dummy astronaut instead of a real crew.
On March 3, this station crew noticed a strong alcohol odor and ran some tests, revealing an unusually high concentration of isopropanol in the air – some 6 milligrams per cubic meter. Before the arrival of the Crew dragon, the concentration is only a fraction of a million US dollars, according to Vlasov. The Cosmonauts had to use air purification systems, applying to bring concentration to 2 milligrams, and it fell even further after the departure of the Spacex ship.
In addition to the mysterious alcohol, the ship also set off an alarm in the Russian part of the station during docking. While that might have signaled a malfunction in the station's oxygen systems, it was deemed to be a false alarm. Whether the alarm is actually linked to the arrival of the Spacas ship remains unclear.
Russian court authorities have filed a complaint with NASA about the Isopropel issue, however. The US There. Location agency has acknowledged the issue, describing this incident as "Interesting," Still not dangerous to the station and its crew. Spacex is cooperating with the investigation of the mysterious alcohol affair as well, according to NASA.
While the direct connection between the spirits abroad, the ISS and the Crew Dragon is yet to be established, the Alcohol Affiliate adds to the string of Mishaps plugging the Spacas ship. Back in April, a grave dragon was abducted into a powerful blast during motor tests. While both SFXX and NASA initially downplayed the incident, describing it as an "Anomaly," It was definitely for the week that the ship had it "Fast unscheduled disassembly."
The Crew Dragon, also known as Dragon 2, is a reusable, manned spacecraft designed to bring the ISS back and forth to seven people abroad. There is an upgraded version of the dragon-type transfer ship, used to bring supplies to the station.
With its already behind schedule development, the recent misperceptions with the Crew Dragon threatened NASA's plans to bring astronauts to the ISS and back. Back in 2011, the iconic Space Shuttle program was canceled. There. Had to leave Russian Soyuz spacecraft to get astronauts into space.
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