What began as an idea for bridging incompatible spacecraft docking systems and facilitating in-space emergency rescue operations is providing a way for a new generation of vehicles to visit the International Space Station (ISS). Now, NASA and its ISS partners are working to parlay the criteria for docking systems into seven more interoperability standards covering avionics, communications, environmental control and life support (ECLSS), power, robotics, rendezvous operations and thermal ...

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