The spacecraft of Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, Crew Dragon, has started its way back to Earth from the International Space Station. The company has confirmed the information that the ship successfully detached from the Station at 2:30 a.m. ET and headed back home.
Source: Florida Today
The vessel reached the ISS on March 3, stayed there for a week and then settled on its return path.
According to the estimates, in exactly 6 days at 8:45 a.m. ET Dragon Crew is going to reach the surface of the Atlantic Ocean near the coasts of Florida. The rescue ship Go Searcher will be waiting for the spacecraft.
Dragon Crew is going to land on sea with the help of four special parachutes. It is also equipped with heat-proof shields in order to protect the vessel from burning in the atmosphere of Earth.
The reason why the spacecraft is going to stay on the orbit for almost a week is a special demonstration version. Although there are no people on board of Crew Dragon, a dummy called Ripley has been put in there. Equipped with various sensors, Ripley is going to provide all the necessary data required to upgrade the ship in the future to make it suitable for carrying people to other planets.
The first flight of Dragon Crew is scheduled for the July of this year, but it’s highly likely that the date will be postponed by NASA in order to carry out more tests and provide the highest level of security for the vessel passengers.
You can follow the homecoming of Dragon Crew live:
We remind you that another spacecraft of SpaceX, a rocket carrier Falcon 9, has recently delivered two satellites and one moon rover into space.
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