Boeing, RSC-Energia team to develop docking system

  • 14-Oct-2009 02:11 EDT

RSC-Energia’s Androgynous Peripheral Docking System (APDS) has connected every space shuttle mission to the International Space Station for more than 10 years. Shown is the APDS of the International Space Station’s Pressurized Mating Adapter 2. (NASA)

The Boeing Co. and Russian Space Corp. Energia (RSC-Energia) signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on a future common docking system for advanced space exploration vehicles. The agreement outlines collaboration between the two companies to produce a mechanism based on Energia's existing Androgynous Peripheral Docking System, which has connected every space shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for more than 10 years. Boeing, prime contractor to NASA for the ISS, has a long relationship working with Energia, including the use of the Orbiter Docking System for space shuttle docking maneuvers to the ISS, elements of the station's waste hygiene system, and the guidance, navigation, and control system that maintains the station's attitude.

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