SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down In Atlantic Ocean

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down In Atlantic Ocean

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down In Atlantic Ocean

The crowd went wild once the capsule splashed down and was seen floating upright.

With Demo-1 in the books, SpaceX could be sending another crewed mission to space as soon as summer: The Crew Dragon, which is equipped with a life support system, touch-screen controls, emergency-escape thrusters, seats, windows, and other astronaut-related equipment, seems to have checked off all the safety requirements for sending cosmonauts to the ISS in the near future.

The space station's three-member crew greeted the capsule last Sunday, with U.S. astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques entering Crew Dragon's cabin to carry out air-quality tests and inspections.

Significant delays hampered the launch of the Crew Dragon but on March 2 it finally achieved lift-off from storied Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Indeed, almost all orbital missions are bookended by danger, with the fiery liftoff at the beginning and the high-dive fall at the end easily presenting the greatest opportunities for disaster.

Demonstration Mission-1 (Demo-1) was an uncrewed flight test created to demonstrate a new commercial capability developed under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

Crew Dragon departs ISS Crew Dragon backs away from the International Space Station during its Demo-1 mission, following undocking on 8 March at 02:32 EST. The commercial companies design the spacecraft themselves, in accordance with requirements set out by NASA.

The crew of the GO Searcher, a SpaceX ship rigged to recover returning crew capsules, planned to haul the spacecraft aboard and return it to Port Canaveral for detailed post-flight inspections.

Astronauts used to land in the ocean via parachutes for the Gemini and Apollo missions. And the first crewed mission, which will carry astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, is slated for July, according to NASA's most recent schedule.

At least until the first crewed Dragon makes an appearance to bring "Earthy" home.

The Dragon has returned to Earth. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk also included a small "zero gravity sensor" in the shape of an Earth-shaped plush toy. "I think it's unlikely, we've run simulations a thousand times, but this is a possibility". If they don't, the crew dies. "It has to be 100 percent foolproof". After the retirement of the project, then U.S president Barack Obama looked to work with commercial partners to develop crew carrying technology.

But the capsule was also responsible for delivering supplies to the International Space Station. That confidence was shaken, however, during an August 2018 SpaceX cargo mission, when some unexpected - and thus far undisclosed - problems occurred with the parachutes.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was ecstatic following splashdown. The live stream showed the capsule's protective shell had been weathered from intense heat during the atmospheric re-entry. "And will the system guide Dragon 2 to the right location and splashdown safely?" he asked.

While the space world was busy congratulating SpaceX and Nasa last Saturday, Roskomos tweeted only the following day, praising the USA space agency (not SpaceX) but insisting the "safety of flights should be irreproachable", a pointed reference to technical objections Russians had raised on Dragon's approach procedure towards the ISS.

There is a certain circularity to an Atlantic return.

The Atlantic, always patient, has been waiting.

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