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International space station testing Wi-Fi links with incoming craft, with an eye on autonomous docking

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autonomous?

"Stable and high-rate data transfer is critical to the real-time video monitoring required for docking." (Referring to autonomous missions)

If the mission is autonomous, why would 2-way video be needed? Wouldn't one craft remain static while the docking craft undergoes maneuvering? If so, you'd just need appropriate visual targets on the "non maneuvering" craft (plus maybe a longer range RF beacon) and appropriate controllers on the maneuvering craft.

I know we have some commentards around that understand orbital mechanics pretty well.. looking forward to understanding.

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