The first crewed SpaceX Crew Dragon has successfully splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico after its departure from the International Space Station on August 1. Aboard the spacecraft are NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.
•1:51 pm – Trunk Separation
•1:56 pm – Deorbit burn
•2:32 pm – Maneuver to entry attitude
•2:44 pm – Drogue parachute deploy
•2:45 pm – Main chute deploy
•2:48 pm – Splashdown
A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil. The Demo-2 mission is the second test flight of Crew Dragon, and the first flight with crew onboard. It will carry NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station for an extended stay (the specific mission duration will be determined once on station based on the readiness of the next commercial crew launch). They will perform tests on Crew Dragon in addition to conducting research and other tasks with the space station crew. As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities. This also will be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit. The Demo-2 mission will be the final major step before NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station. Current Mission Status: After a successful ride to orbit - the Dragon Spacecraft successfully made its way to the International Space Station, performing a series of tests on the way. The docking was made at 15:27 UTC on 31st May 2020. After almost two months in orbit, Crew Dragon has returned to Earth. Capsule successfully landed in the Gulf of Mexico waters on 3rd August 2020 at 18:48 UTC.Low Earth Orbit #LaunchAmerica B1058 - Maiden Flight Of Course I Still Love You
The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component was launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000. It has been inhabited continuously since that date. The last pressurised module was fitted in 2011, and an experimental inflatable space habitat was added ...