Undocking Of The Crew Dragon Ship With The Crew From The ISS Is Slated For August 1
SpaceX's Crew Dragon is scheduled to detach from the International space station (ISS) on August 1. Thus, the ship's crew will be discharged on August 2, according to the head of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) James Bridenstine.
"News: we are targeting the undocking of [company] SpaceX's Crew Dragon ship called Endeavour from the space station on August 1 to bring home astronauts Doug [Hurley] and [Robert] Benken after their historic mission. The flooding is scheduled for August 2. The actual date will depend on the weather. Follow the developments," Bridenstine wrote on Twitter.
The Crew Dragon ship docked automatically to the ISS on May 31. The launch of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with Crew Dragon was successfully carried out on May 30 from the Cape Canaveral space center (Florida).
Crew Dragon is a modification of the Dragon cargo ship that already delivers cargo to the ISS. Hurley and Behnken gave it the name Endeavour by analogy with the Space Shuttle program ship on which both astronauts performed their first space flights.
The current launch was the first manned flight carried out from the United States on an American spacecraft in nine years. NASA stopped manned flights in 2011 after the end of the Space Shuttle return vehicle program. Since then, astronauts have been delivered to the ISS by Russian "Unions." Initially, it was assumed that American commercial ships will begin manned flights in 2017.
The crew must be brought down either in the Gulf of Mexico or in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Florida. The final decision on this issue will be made primarily by taking into account the weather conditions.