SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission has been smooth sailing for NASA so far. Astronauts Bob Bacon and Doug Hurley created a late May. Now they are ready to return as soon as possible this Sunday.
Returning to Earth takes some time, and will be on NASA TV with a livestream along the way.
Stormy weather at potential splashdown sites across the Atlantic can complicate the schedule. NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager Steve said, “We’re going to watch the weather very carefully. We have a series of sites and many days. If we’re not ready to come home on Saturday, we’re not home on Monday Will return Stich said in a statement on Wednesday.
While time details may change, NASA has set the following coverage schedule for major milestones:
Saturday, August 1:
- ISS Farewell Ceremony Coverage at 6:10 am PT.
- Coverage begins at 2:15 pm PT, ahead of departure at 4:34 pm.
Sunday, August 2:
- Splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean is targeted for 11:42 pm PT.
- Post-splashdown news conference scheduled for 2 pm PT.
The reentry process is dramatic. In a statement on July 24, NASA said, “The crew must have been traveling at an orbital velocity of 17,500 mph before orbiting the dragon.” On July 24, NASA said its maximum temperature was about 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. is.”
SpaceX will call on the recovery vessel Crew Dragon (an astronaut named Endeavor) to take out the spacecraft and parachute from the water. Endeavor will be hoisted aboard the ship and Behenken and Hurley will be greeted by a medical team.
The crew owes a lot to a safe, uneven return to the dragon. “This is SpaceX’s final test flight and is providing data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, crew dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as data on orbit, docking, splashdown and recovery operations,” NASA said in a release.
If Crew Dragon passes these last tests, SpaceX will be able to provide the regulars,. And it would end NASA’s reliance on Russian spacecraft for the first time since the shuttle era.