PORTEN CANAVER, Fla. “Looking a little toasted after a historic Gulf invasion, the SpaceX astronaut spacecraft will arrive back at Cape Canaveral on Friday afternoon.”
The Crew Dragon spacecraft, nicknamed Endeavor, arrived in a boat entering Port Canaveral around 5 p.m., when a recovery ship called Go Navigator crashed in Port.
The ship could be spotted on shore about half an hour before its arrival when heading for Jetty Park.
SpaceX launches Endeavor on Falcon 9 rocket on May 30 from the Kennedy Space Center with NASA astronauts Bob Benken and Doug Hurley, becoming the first people launched from Florida since 201
The dragon landed on the ISS on Saturday and successfully completed its test flight, which was scattered in the Gulf of Mexico, where teams were stationed to retrieve the astronauts and fight.
The astronauts described in detail their return home, the capsule travels at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour in space and then experiences 4.2 G-forces descending to Earth.
Benken then said that before the parachutes deployed the spacecraft’s deceleration from 350 mph to about 15 mph, they could feel the Crew Dragon’s re-entry maneuver with its propulsion forces.
“It’s coming to life. He started firing and keeping us pointed in the right direction, the atmosphere started making noise, you can hear that rumble outside the vehicle, “Benken said. “It doesn’t sound like a machine. Sounds like an animal coming through the atmosphere. “
Upon their return to Earth, Hurley and Benken adjust to gravity and spend time with their families.
Once the spacecraft returns to Cape Canaveral, work is beginning to determine whether NASA can issue the final flight certification for Dragon.
SpaceX will take Dragon Endeavor to assess how the hardware is held during space flight.
Steve Stitch, manager of NASA’s Merchant Teams Program, said it would take about four months to rebuild the spacecraft before it could fly astronauts again.
“As soon as he returns to Cape 59, he will start maintaining his support, and NASA is part of that support … and we will follow along with every step of that support,” Verse said.
Verse said that NASA and SpaceX will first review all telemetry for unlocking, scattering and recovery, including life support systems.
If the review and restoration go well the next time Dragon Endeavor launches, it could be in the first part of next year. NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbro will be joined in this flight by Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshid and European astronaut Thomas Peske.
McArthur is also Benken’s wife.
Another astronaut crew, with three NASA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut, will be launched in late September on a separate Crew Dragon spacecraft.
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