The SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission has been sailing so far for NASA. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in late May, and are now ready to return as early as Sunday if the weather cooperates.
The return to Earth takes a while and NASA will be there along the way with live streaming on NASA television.
Storm weather at possible Atlantic splinter sites could complicate the timing. “We̵7;re going to look at the weather very carefully. We have a number of places and a lot of days. If we don’t leave on Saturday to go home on Sunday, we’ll move in the afternoon to Monday,” the commercial crew’s program said. NASA Steve. Stich said in a statement Wednesday.
While calendar details may change, NASA has established the following coverage schedule for major milestones:
Saturday, August 1:
- Coverage of the ISS farewell ceremony at 6:10 am PT.
- Boarding coverage begins at 14:15 PT before departure at 16:34.
Sunday, August 2:
- The split in the Atlantic Ocean is scheduled for 11:42 am PT.
- Press conference after the departure of the stock exchange set for 2 p.m.
The re-entry process is dramatic. “The crew’s dragon will travel at orbital speed before re-entry, advancing at approximately 17,500 miles per hour. The maximum temperature it will experience at re-entry is approximately 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit,” NASA said in a statement on 24 July.
A SpaceX recovery ship will encounter Crew Dragon (which the astronauts called Endeavor) to pick up the spaceship and water parachute. The effort will be lifted on board and a medical team will be greeted by Behnken and Hurley.
There is a lot going on with a safe and inevitable return for the Crew Dragon. “It’s the final test flight of SpaceX and provides data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as operations in orbit, docking, splashing and recovery,” NASA said in a statement.
If Crew Dragon passes these final tests, SpaceX will be able to provide regularly,. And it would end NASA’s trust in Russian spacecraft for the first time since the shuttle era.