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    It seems a little strange to me that a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is on the way to the ISS (launched yesterday) and a Russian Progress cargo ship just launched this morning. I would think they'd space them out a little more. Must be a lot of packages to deliver by Christmas.
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    The Russians are bringing the reindeer. SpaceX is bringing the barbecue sauce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    It seems a little strange to me that a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is on the way to the ISS (launched yesterday) and a Russian Progress cargo ship just launched this morning. I would think they'd space them out a little more. Must be a lot of packages to deliver by Christmas.
    There are 2 major sections of ISS; US Orbital Segment (USOS) and Russian Orbital Segment (ROS), each with separate docking facilities. Plenty of room, but the ISS propulsion system can only be refuelled from ROS.

    Don't be surprised to see Crew Dragon, Starliner and Dream Chaser all docked at the USOS in a couple years.

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    That would be nice to see.

    Now Starship, that probably needs a wide berth--a bit large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by publiusr View Post
    That would be nice to see.

    Now Starship, that probably needs a wide berth--a bit large.
    The National Space Society posted this Starship docking arrangement on the USOS. The version of Starship shows the wrong fins, but the size is right.

    big-falcon-spaceship.jpg

    SpaceX itself shows the modern version docking at the same USOS port.

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    The ISS is from the Space Shuttle era, so luckily for Starship it's designed to dock craft of very significant size.
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    The Lunar Gateway should be able to dock with a Starship, but the size disparity could cause a discussion over who's docking with who.

    It'd also be interesting to see Starship dock at the Chinese station, but given the Wolf Amendment* it couldn't be a NASA flight. It'd need to be commercial.

    * law which restricts NASA's ability to work directly with China

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