Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Roscosmos Chief, Elon Musk Exchange Courtesies After SpaceX Capsule Landing

SpaceX's Dragon capsule carrying a test dummy splashes down into the Atlantic ocean off the Florida coast SpaceX's Dragon capsule carrying a test dummy splashes down into the Atlantic ocean off the Florida coast
Frank Williams | 09 March, 2019, 17:02

NASA TV posted raw video of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule splashing into the Atlantic Ocean earlier today, and it's truly a sight to behold. The capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean at around 5:45 a.m. Friday.

The Crew Dragon spacecraft, flying a mission designated Demo-1, undocked from the station's Harmony module at 2:32 a.m. The capsule is SpaceX's first that is created to carry humans. Apollo 9 - which orbited Earth in preparation for the moon landings - splashed down near the Bahamas on March 13, 1969.

NASA has been forced to rely on Russian Soyuz capsules to get personnel to and from the ISS ever since the Space Shuttle retired in 2011.

Boeing's Starliner crew capsule is poised to launch its maiden unmanned mission in April ahead of an August test flight carrying US astronauts Michael Fincke, Chris Ferguson and Nicole Mann. SpaceX were able to demonstrate the capsule's launch, docking, undocking and re-entry capabilities, the validity of its triple parachute system and now have reams of data to analyze, including from Ripley's suite of body sensors, to ensure the capsule is ready to ferry humans from Earth to the space station in just a few months time.

The US's new commercial astronaut capsule has completed its demonstration flight with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

"I don't think we saw anything in the mission so far that would preclude us from having a crewed mission later this year", Stich said Friday.

The team plans to take the current Dragon after its return and put it on another rocket and launch it out of the Kennedy Space Center. "@Commercial_Crew is one step closer to launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil". To complete the docking, both the station and Crew Dragon's adapters used the new global docking standard.

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Rogozin congratulated the billionaire inventor and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the landing of Crew Dragon, also known as Dragon 2, which embarked on its first unmanned test mission to the International Space Station last week.

The Crew Dragon drifts away from the ISS. After being released by the rocket's second stage, the Crew Dragon executed a series of orbital phasing maneuvers, finally rendezvousing with the International Space Station on Sunday morning.

"This is an incredible achievement in American history", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on NASA TV, per the New York Times. SpaceX is shooting for summer. Its hatch was then opened by astronaut David Saint-Jacques and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, who entered the capsule to perform tests.

This final phase of the Demo-1 mission was perhaps the biggest test of Crew Dragon's new build.

NASA astronauts have not returned from space via a splash-down for decades. He found it "very slick" and called it business class.

SpaceX and Boeing have both now contracted with NASA to conduct astronaut launches, with Crew Dragon the first capsule actually launched into space on a test mission.

The spaceship carried 180kg of supplies and test equipment, including a crash test dummy named Ripley, after Sigourney Weaver's character in Alien.

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