NASA is moving forward on two astronauts and their plans to bring in, tracking a possible tropical stormEarth back on Sunday with a fanfare in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be the first pilot-re-entry of a crew dragon spacecraft and NASA’s first ocean landing in 45 years.
“The return flight review has been completed and the NASA team and the SpaceX team, everyone remains ‘go’ for the return,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein told reporters on Wednesday. “We can’t wait to getback to Earth.
“But of course, we have some seasons pending. We had some challenges with the weather as soon as we launched, we might have it again. But the first opportunity is August 2, and we’re looking forward to seeing it. What it is going to happen. The scope of what is possible. “
aThe move to Florida and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico is expected to pass through the region over the weekend. The crew dragon capsules used for this first experimental test flight are not allowed to land in winds of over 10 mph with high waves or with rain and lightning in the area.
For a splashdown on Sunday, Hurley and Behenken will undock from the forward port of EDT’s space station at 7:30 pm, a splash to complete the 64-day mission near Panama City, Florida at 2:42 pm the following day Down will be set up.
The SpaceX recovery ship, support crew and flight surgeons will stand up to pull the capsule on board and help the astronauts get out as they begin to reorient to gravity. After the initial medical examination, Hurley and Biehken will be disengaged by helicopter for a flight back to Houston’s Johnson Space Center aboard a NASA plane.
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program Manager Steve Stich said mission managers would evaluate the weather day-to-day and make the final decision whether to move ahead of the planned schedule on Saturday night. Or based on earlier forecasts.
“We have to evaluate the weather every day and just see how things unfold,” Stich said. “It’s a test flight, and we’re going to take our time. We have a lot of opportunities in August, and we’re not there to come home. We’ve accomplished all the objectives for the mission.”
Hurley and behenken wereMay 30 saw SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It was the first pilot orbital launch launched by NASA astronauts from US soil since the last flight of the spacecraft in 2011.
Stich said the capsule, designed and manufactured and owned by SpaceX, performed poorly during its two months in space and engineers are eager to bring it back to Earth for inspection after an extended flight.
Meanwhile, SpaceX is finishing touches on a second Crew Dragon spacecraft in Hawthorne, California, preparing the company’s first operational flight known as the factory, Crew 1, to take four astronauts to the space station goes.
The crew dragon that took Hurley and Behenken into space will be rebuilt, largely modified to handle the splatter season and SpaceX’s second operational crew rotation mission early next year – Crew 2 – Was launched.
“The importance of getting the vehicle back, Bob and Doug safely, is to assess the data for this flight, which prepares us for the Crew 1 mission by the end of September,” Stich said. “And we’ll go through the data systematically for that flight and make sure we’re ready to start operational flights.”