The Crew Dragon capsule will undock from the ISS on the night of August 2 and will send astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to Earth. Earlier, the head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, said that they recognize the launch as successful only if the astronauts return safely.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, which will return NASA astronauts to Earth, will undock from the International Space Station (ISS). According to the researchers, this will happen on August 2, at 2:34 am Moscow time. His journey to Earth will take 19 hours. If all goes according to plan, the capsule will fall into the Atlantic Ocean at 21:42 Moscow time.
Researchers worry that Hurricane Isaias is approaching the east coast of Florida. This element will bring with it gusts of strong wind and precipitation, they can rage in the same territory where the Crew Dragon capsule should splashdown. NASA is monitoring the weather and may change its decision to return the spacecraft. The final decision will be made three hours before undocking.
Earlier, SpaceX launched the first spacecraft with astronauts to the ISS. If the launch is considered successful, it will allow the United States to send its missions without the help of Roscosmos. SpaceX is now the first privately held company to fly manned. The launch was successful the second time – on May 27, SpaceX postponed the flight due to bad weather.
On launch day, NASA also said it had a 50% chance of flying and could have been interfered with by bad weather. Nevertheless, the launch took place – Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken spent 19 hours in space before docking to the ISS. SpaceX has already reported that the launch vehicle that launched the astronauts into space has returned to Earth.