Washington DC: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX groups are all set to carry NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) on August 2.
“Conditions remain “Go” at several of the needed target locations for splashdown and recovery off the Florida coast on Sunday aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour” spacecraft,” stated NASA on Saturday (August 1, 2020).
They added, “Teams continue to closely monitor Hurricane Isaias and evaluate impacts to the landing sites in the Gulf of Mexico along the Florida Panhandle. Teams have several weather decision milestones ahead of and after undocking to adjust the splashdown location and time based on the forecasted conditions for recovery.”
NEWS: Teams from @NASA and @SpaceX stay GO with plans to carry @Astro_Doug and @AstroBehnken residence to Earth on Sunday afternoon. We will proceed to observe climate earlier than undocking Saturday night time. Read extra: https://t.co/GjXe4q6tQA
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) August 1, 2020
SpaceX and NASA are concentrating on 7:34 PM EDT on August 1 (5:04 AM IST on August 2) for Crew Dragon to autonomously undock from the Space Station with the 2 astronauts aboard the spacecraft.
After nearly eight hours, the Dragon is slated for splash down at one in all seven focused water touchdown websites off the coast of Florida at 2:42 PM EDT on August 2 (12:12 am IST on August 3).
The homecoming of Douglas and Robert after greater than two months on the ISS will mark the primary return of a commercially constructed and operated American spacecraft carrying astronauts from the area station.
They’re coming residence!
On Aug. 1, astronauts @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug will depart the @Space_Station on @SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft after a greater than 60-day keep in area. Take a have a look at this recap of their #LaunchAmerica mission: https://t.co/l5xc6yQDn4 pic.twitter.com/paA05rPwr2
— NASA (@NASA) July 31, 2020
Earlier on May 30, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Crew Dragon autonomously docked to the ISS on May 31.
This is the primary time in human historical past @NASA_Astronauts have entered the @Space_Station from a commercially-made spacecraft. @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug have lastly arrived to the orbiting laboratory in @SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft. pic.twitter.com/3t9Ogtpik4
— NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020
NASA acknowledged that after the Demo-2 mission is full and the SpaceX and NASA groups have reviewed all the information for certification, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi will fly on Dragon’s first six-month operational mission (Crew-1) scheduled for late September.