The SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission so far has been a smooth sailing for NASA, Astronauts Bob Benken and Doug Hurley at the end of May and now they are ready to go back down on Sunday if the weather works.
Returning to Earth takes some time and NASA will be there on the road with a live stream on NASA TV.
The stormy weather at potential spraying sites in the Atlantic may complicate the schedule. “We will monitor the weather very closely. We have a series of sites and many days. If we do not respond on Saturday to return home on Sunday, we will move to unlock on Monday,”
Although the details of the weather may change, NASA has set the following coverage schedule for the main stages:
Saturday, August 1:
- Opening of the ISS farewell ceremony at 6:10 p.m. PT.
- Unlocking of coverage begins at 2:15 p.m. PT before departure at 4:34 p.m.
Sunday, August 2:
- The spraying in the Atlantic Ocean is aimed at 11:42 a.m. PT.
- Next conference for conference at 2 p.m. PT.
The re-entry process is dramatic. “The crew dragon will travel at orbital speed before returning, traveling at approximately 17,500 miles per hour. The maximum temperature it will experience on re-launch is approximately 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit,” the statement said. NASA on July 24.
A SpaceX recovery ship will meet with the Crew Dragon (which astronauts called Endeavor) to collect the spacecraft and parachutes from the water. Endeavor will be placed on the ship, and Behnken and Hurley will be greeted by a medical team.
There is a lot of riding on a safe, unobstructed return to Crew Dragon. “This is SpaceX’s latest test flight and provides data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, recumbent and recovery operations,” a NASA statement said.
If Crew Dragon passes these latest tests, then SpaceX will be able to provide regular,And that would put an end to NASA’s reliance on Russian spacecraft for the first time since the shuttle era.