NASA designs to return astronauts in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon on Aug. 2

NASA plans to return astronauts in SpaceX's Crew Dragon on Aug. 2

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon “Endeavour” docked with the International Space Station.


NASA is at the moment arranging to return astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to Earth on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in about two months, the room company explained to CNBC on Friday.

The spacecraft, which the astronauts named Endeavour, is scheduled to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 2 at about 3 p.m. ET, according to NASA’s Johnson Place Center general public affairs officer Kyle Herring.

Herring famous that the departure time from the Global House Station “is a little bit of a moving target,” but explained in an e mail that the spacecraft is scheduled to un-dock at about 8 p.m. ET on Aug. 1. NASA will look additional intently at the climate forecasts for wherever the spacecraft may well splash down right after the astronauts complete a spacewalk following 7 days. 

Splashdown and restoration would mark the conclusion of NASA and SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission, which introduced successfully on a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on Might 30. The mission is the initially time that Elon Musk’s house business has introduced folks with its spacecraft.

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashed into the Atlantic Ocean right after finishing its examination flight for NASA.

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As Demo-2 was considered a examination flight, the spacecraft carried only two astronauts on board. For Crew-1, which NASA considers to be the 1st operational SpaceX mission, the Crew Dragon spacecraft will have four men and women. 

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley buckled into the Crew Dragon capsule for SpaceX Demo-2.


NASA intends to carefully assessment the knowledge from the Demo-2 mission just before it moves ahead with Crew-1, a system it expects will just take about six weeks. That would see Crew-1 launch in about mid-September. On Tuesday, the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch Crew-1 arrived at SpaceX’s processing facility in Florida, to undergo remaining preparations for the mission.

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