The SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission has been a smooth sailing so far for NASA. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley at the end of May, and are now ready to return as early as Sunday if the weather cooperates.
Returning to Earth takes some time, and NASA will be there along the way with streaming on NASA TV.
Storm weather at potential spill sites in the Atlantic could complicate the schedule. “We will be watching the weather very closely. We have a series of sites and many days. If we do not change Saturday to enter the house on Sunday, we will go through the outlet until Monday,”; the manager said. of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program Steve Stich said in a statement on Wednesday.
While time details may change, NASA has set the following coverage schedule for key milestones:
Saturday 1 August:
- Coverage of the ISS farewell ceremony at 6.10 am PT.
- Bottom coverage starts at 2.15 pm PT before departure at 4.34 pm.
Sunday 2 August:
- A splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean is aimed at 11:42 am PT.
- An after-flight news conference set for 2 pm PT.
The re-entry process is dramatic. “The Dragon Crew will travel at orbital speed before re-entering, moving at about 17,500 miles per hour. The maximum temperature it will experience on re-entry is about 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit, “NASA said in a statement on July 24.
A SpaceX rescue ship will meet with the Dragon Crew (whose astronauts named Endeavor) to collect the spacecraft and parachute from the water. The effort will be put on the ship and Behnken and Hurley will be greeted by a medical team.
There is a lot of riding on the safe return and no doubt for Dragon Crew. “This is SpaceX’s latest test flight and is providing data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, the Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit operations, the sticking, spreading and retrieving, “NASA said in a release.
If the Dragon Crew passes these final tests, then SpaceX will be able to provide regularly,. And NASA’s reliance on the Russian spacecraft for the first time since the shuttle era must end.