SpaceX Dragon Cargo Craft Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

17 Septembre, 2017, 18:47 | Author: Come Portier
  • Dragon will undock from the ISS

Dragon, the only space station resupply spacecraft able to return to Earth intact, launched to the space station August 14 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and arrived at the station August 16 carrying more than 6,400 pounds of supplies and cargo on SpaceX's twelfth commercial resupply mission to the station for NASA. The capsule will splash down at about 10:14 a.m.in the Pacific Ocean, where recovery forces will retrieve the capsule and its more than 3,800 pounds of cargo and research. (1,700 kilograms) of cargo. Undocking from space station is scheduled for 12-40 GMT.

Once the Dragon spacecraft was a safe distance from the orbiting laboratory, SpaceX flight controllers in Hawthorne, California, sent the command for the Dragon to begin its deorbit burn. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Science equipment on board included a protein-crystal growth experiment to research a new treatment for Parkinson's disease, another experiment for growing lung tissue from stem cells and 20 mice that would demonstrate the physiological effects of spaceflight.

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Dragon is now the only resupply spacecraft that is capable of returning to Earth intact.

This is the 12th successful ISS resupply mission SpaceX has conducted using one of its Dragon cargo capsules. While this was a brand-new Dragon capsule at the time of launch, SpaceX officials said they plan to launch only used cargo spacecraft to the space station from now on. The capsule used this time around is also meant to be the last brand new capsule SpaceX employs for this goal - from now on, it hopes to only use refurbished Dragons used on previous missions.

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