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Orion's Fan
2009-Nov-10, 08:45 PM
If anyone has answers or links to where the answers might be found, I'd appreciate it.

1) How many docking ports are on the ISS? Are there different ones for the Soyuz capsules, space shuttles, etc.

2) What are the dimensions of the ISS? (numbers and/or size comparisons)

sadishappy
2009-Nov-10, 09:16 PM
I was wondering too, if there are any schematics, blue prints, or layouts of the ISS - like where are the labs, the bathrooms, etc....

ShinAce
2009-Nov-10, 09:18 PM
The wiki page is a good place to start. It has a basic map of the station and states the mass as 303,663 kg(669,461 lb) . It also has length, width and volume.

I have no info on docking ports.

Orion's Fan
2009-Nov-10, 09:33 PM
The wiki page is a good place to start. It has a basic map of the station and states the mass as 303,663 kg(669,461 lb) . It also has length, width and volume.

I have no info on docking ports.

I had looked at wikipedia first, but I missed the nice "map" until you pointed it out. I also looked for the dimensions in the reading...not remembering that wikipedia does a good job of putting data in the column on the right.

Like you said...still no docking port information.

ngc3314
2009-Nov-10, 09:44 PM
Funny you should ask today - the Russian Poisk module is en route:

From Spaceflight Now (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/station/exp21/091110mrmlaunch/)



Poisk will give the station a fourth docking port on the Russian segment, allowing for longer stays of future Progress freighters and more opportunities for crew handovers using Soyuz spacecraft.

That, plus the docking module on the other side of the station used by shuttles, will make 5.

GeorgeLeRoyTirebiter
2009-Nov-11, 12:19 AM
There's three different types of docking ports on the ISS, with different uses.

The largest is the Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM), used to mate all of the US, European, and Japanese modules. There are a lot of CBMs on the ISS (each "node" module has six), but at the moment, only three don't have something docked to them. The CBM isn't intended for direct spacecraft docking. Craft that use a CBM (Japan's HTV, SpaceX's Dragon) just get close enough to the station to be grappled by the ISS's robotic arm, which then attaches the craft to the CBM port.

The Shuttle uses a docking system called the Androgynous Peripheral Attach System (APAS). It's a modification of a Russian design originally used for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. APAS ports connect to CBMs via an adapter (the Pressurized Mating Adapter, or PMA). One PMA joins the Zarya module to Node 1/Unity (connecting the Russian and US portions of the ISS). The Shuttle docks with a PMA that's mounted on the very front of the ISS (the forward port of Node 2/Harmony). A third PMA currently isn't being used for anything, as there isn't room to dock a Shuttle to it anymore.

The third type of docking port is the probe-and-drogue system used on the Russian parts of the station, a design that dates back to the first Salyut space station in the early '70s. The Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft, as well as ESA's ATV, use this type of docking port. The ISS has four of these ports: on the aft of Zvezda (at the rear of the station), on the Pirs module (attached to the bottom of Zvezda), on the bottom of Zarya, and on the top of Zvezda. The fourth one currently can't be used for spacecraft as it lacks antennas for the Kurs automated docking system. Once the new Poisk module docks to it, the port on Poisk will be available for Soyuz/Progress craft.

AlexInOklahoma
2009-Nov-11, 12:59 AM
Plus the development of LIDS (and ATLAS) for Constellation things, namely the Orion (LowImpactDockingSystem)

re: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2009/09/constellation-reviews-progress-of-lids-docking-system-for-orion/

Alex

bebe7
2009-Nov-11, 01:18 AM
If anyone has answers or links to where the answers might be found, I'd appreciate it.

1) How many docking ports are on the ISS? Are there different ones for the Soyuz capsules, space shuttles, etc.

2) What are the dimensions of the ISS? (numbers and/or size comparisons)

This should help

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/index.html

bebe7
2009-Nov-11, 01:19 AM
There are several links on the r/h side.

bebe7
2009-Nov-11, 01:39 AM
If anyone has answers or links to where the answers might be found, I'd appreciate it.

1) How many docking ports are on the ISS? Are there different ones for the Soyuz capsules, space shuttles, etc.

2) What are the dimensions of the ISS? (numbers and/or size comparisons)

This is pretty cool too, although you have to watch the right side as the components are assembled.

http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm

Orion's Fan
2009-Nov-12, 03:07 PM
This is pretty cool too, although you have to watch the right side as the components are assembled.

http://i.usatoday.net/tech/graphics/iss_timeline/flash.htm

Awesome! Thanks so much!

bebe7
2009-Nov-12, 03:26 PM
Awesome! Thanks so much!

You're very welcome.

spaceaholic
2009-Nov-15, 01:53 PM
There's three different types of docking ports on the ISS, with different uses.

The largest is the Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM), used to mate all of the US, European, and Japanese modules. There are a lot of CBMs on the ISS (each "node" module has six), but at the moment, only three don't have something docked to them. The CBM isn't intended for direct spacecraft docking. Craft that use a CBM (Japan's HTV, SpaceX's Dragon) just get close enough to the station to be grappled by the ISS's robotic arm, which then attaches the craft to the CBM port.




If interested within each of the CBM can be found a Common Hatch..>I have an example of one of these hatch's within my collection of spacecraft technology...details of how it functions and additional pictures of the artifact are covered on my website if you scroll down about 2/3rd of the way on this page: http://www.spaceaholic.com/us_artifacts.htm (I have attached a photo of the IVA - Inboard side -here as well).

Best Regards -
Scott Schneeweis
url http://www.SPACEAHOLIC.com/

loglo
2009-Nov-15, 07:11 PM
Welcome to BAUT Scott , Aweome website!!