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January 15, 2019 in Science News & Discussion
NASA TV Crew Dragon departure, re-entry & landing coverage. All times Eastern;
March 7, Thursday
12:15 p.m. Coverage of the Hatch Closure of the SpaceX/Crew Dragon Spacecraft at the International Space Station; hatch closure scheduled at 12:25 p.m. EST (All Channels)
March 8, Friday
2 a.m. Coverage of the undocking of the SpaceX/Crew Dragon Spacecraft from the International Space Station; undocking scheduled at 2:31 a.m. EST (All Channels)
7:30 a.m. Coverage of the deorbit Burn and Splashdown of the SpaceX/Crew Dragon Spacecraft to Complete Demonstration Mission-1. Deorbit burn scheduled at 7:50 a.m. EST; splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean scheduled at 8:45 a.m. EST (All Channels)
Always have to be when I'm asleep! Looking forward to seeing the recorded broadcasts.
The zero-G indicator (Celestial Buddies "Earth" ) is getting a workout
Fingers crossed the trip back down goes smoothly, that Dragon 2 is needed for the next test.
splashdown. Dragon is back. Ships on way for recovery.
And Zero G Indicator "Earth" stayed on ISS with Astro_Annimal, coming home after DM-2
Was that a picture-peffect mission or what?
Crew Dragon Splashes Down in Atlantic Ending First Commercial Crew Mission
Norah Moran Posted on March 8, 2019
SpaceXs Crew Dragon returned to Earth with a splash in the Atlantic Ocean off Floridas eastern shore at 8:45 a.m. EST, completing an end-to-end flight test to demonstrate most of the capabilities of its crew transportation system to the International Space Station as part of NASAs Commercial Crew Program.
The mission, known as Demo-1, is a critical step for NASA and SpaceX to demonstrate the ability to safely fly missions with NASA astronauts to the orbital laboratory.
The Crew Dragon launched March 2 from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the first commercially-built and operated American crew spacecraft and rocket to launch from American soil on a mission to the space station and autonomously dock to the station. To complete the docking, both the station and Crew Dragons adapters used the new international docking standard.
Crew Dragon is returning to Earth some critical research samples from science investigations conducted to enable human exploration farther into space and develop and demonstrate in the U.S. ISS National Laboratory new technologies, treatments, and products for improving life on Earth.
Also traveling aboard the spacecraft is an anthropomorphic test device named Ripley outfitted with sensors to provide data about potential effects on humans traveling in Crew Dragon.
SpaceXs recovery ship, Go Searcher, is equipped with a crane to lift Crew Dragon out of the water and onto the main deck of the ship within an hour after splashdown.
NASA and SpaceX still have work to do to review the systems and flight data to validate the spacecrafts performance and prepare it to fly astronauts. Already planned upgrades, additional qualification testing, and an in-flight abort test will occur before NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will climb aboard for Demo-2, the crewed flight test to the International Space Station that is necessary to certify Crew Dragon for routine operational missions.
Crew Dragons splashdown in the Atlantic was almost 50 years after the return of Apollo 9 on March 13, 1969, the last human spacecraft to return to the waters off the East Coast.
Damned shame they're not allowed to go for the propulsive landing the ship was DESIGNED for... Stupid NASA...
37 minutes ago, DocM said:
I think he meant feat...
NASA DM-1 highlight reel
Well I missed the launch by a day, but I was in Cape Canaveral the morning that the first stage on OCISLY came back into the port. Got a nice view of it being tugged in to SpaceX's parking spot. Since it landed close to the left edge, they had to swing the droneship around 180.
It drew a nice crowd of viewers and photographers, which was cool to see.
(Excuse the crappy zoomed in phone pic from across the bay):
I understand there were hundreds of people present when GO Searcher & Crew Dragon pulled into the submarine basin.
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