Dragon Released Carrying Science and Gear Back to Earth

Postado Setembro 17, 2017

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. (1,700 kilograms) of cargo.

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik and the European Space Agency's Paolo Nespoli released the Dragon from the Harmony module early this morning, at 4:47 a.m. EDT (0847 GMT), using the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Undocking from space station is scheduled for 12-40 GMT. Roughly 5.5 hours later, the Dragon splashed down off the coast of Baja, California, where SpaceX personnel aboard a recovery vessel picked up the spacecraft to bring it back to a shipping port near Los Angeles. (2,900 kg) of food, supplies and science experiments for the Expedition 52 crew.

SpaceX's first Dragon capsule to visit the International Space Station bobs in the Pacific Ocean after a successful splashdown that capped its successful test flight on May 31, 2012.

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

NASA has announced its intention to conduct a live broadcast as the cargo spacecraft will separate from the ISS and sent to Earth.

This was the 12th contracted cargo resupply mission (CRS-12) for SpaceX. Dragon brought a number of experimental payloads to the ISS, including a supercomputer built by HPE that is created to test whether software hardening alone, without any additional hardware changes vs. a standard supercomputer configuration, can keep the computer operating as intended in the harsh conditions of space. 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.