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Haigh-Farr Supports SpaceX in First Docking of the Dragon Capsule to ISS
by Staff Writers
Bedford, NH (SPX) Jun 29, 2012

This history-making event has made Dragon the first commercial vehicle to successfully attach to the ISS.

Haigh-Farr congratulates Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) on its third successful launch of the Falcon 9 Rocket, the second flight of the Dragon spacecraft and the first docking of Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS). Haigh-Farr is the sole antenna provider to SpaceX.

Since 2007, Haigh-Farr has proudly worked with SpaceX in developing antenna systems that are used to provide flight safety, telemetry, tracking, GPS and video on Falcon9, as well as command control, telemetry, GPS and other communication functions on Dragon.

On both previous launches, and during this most recent launch and docking, Haigh-Farr antennas successfully provided dramatic live video feeds as well as telemetry and other communication links.

As a testament to the quality of the SpaceX technical team, continuous contact with Dragon was maintained with the NASA TDRSS network of communication satellites used to transmit and receive data.

This history-making event has made Dragon the first commercial vehicle to successfully attach to the ISS. Dragon carried more than 1,000 pounds of food, clothing and experiments to the ISS on this mission. The ultimate goal for the spacecraft is to transport astronauts to the ISS.

"We are extremely pleased to be a part of this incredible event and have no doubt SpaceX will meet its goal of transporting astronauts to the ISS," says David Farr, president of Haigh-Farr. "We look forward to continuing to support them in this effort."


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