The SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission has so far been hassle-free for NASAAstronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are small end of May. Now they are ready to return this Sunday.
Returning to Earth takes some time and NASA will be there along the way with a live broadcast on NASA television.
Stormy weather in potential places in the Atlantic could complicate the plan. “We will be watching the weather very closely. We have a series of places and many days. If we did not remove on Saturday to return home on Sunday, we would move to Monday,”; said Steve NASA Commercial Program Manager Crew Steve. Stich said in a statement on Wednesday.
While timing details may have changed, NASA has set the following timeline to cover major milestones:
Saturday, August 1:
- ISS farewell coverage at 6:10 a.m. PT.
- Disconnection of coverage begins at 14:15 PT before departure 16:34.
Sunday, August 2:
- Splashing in the Atlantic Ocean is scheduled for 11:42 p.m. PT.
- Conference conference after spraying at 14:00 PT.
The return process is dramatic. “The Dragon crew will be traveling at pre-return orbital speeds of approximately 17,500 miles per hour. The maximum temperature they will experience on re-entry is approximately 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit,” NASA said in a statement on July 24.
The SpaceX rescue craft will meet the Dragon crew (named by the astronauts Endeavor) to collect the spaceship and parachutes from the water. Efforts will be put on board, and Behnken and Hurley will be greeted by the medical team.
There is much for a safe and unforgettable return for the Dragon crew. “This is SpaceX’s latest test flight and provides data on the performance of Falcon 9 rockets, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, spatter and recovery operations,” a NASA report said.
If Crew Dragon passes these final tests, SpaceX will be able to provide regular,And that would end NASA’s reliance on the Russian spacecraft for the first time since the space shuttle.