NASA Rearranging Space Station To Make Way For Crew Missions
NASA is moving one of the International Space Station’s permanent modules to free up docking space for commercial manned missions.By Evan Thomas | May 27, 2015
NASA is moving the Permanent Multipurpose Module, or PMM, to a different attachment point on the International Space Station, freeing up more docking space for commercial missions.
Moving the PMM frees up parking space for Boeing and SpaceX, which will need these specific ports when they start flying manned missions. One will be for regular use, and another will serve as a prepared backup in case something goes wrong.
A writer at NASASpaceFlight.com explains the ports make automatic power and data connections when a spacecraft attaches to them. The process is also automatic in reverse, which can save critical time in the event a crew ever has to evacuate. (Video via NASA)