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SpaceX Dragon departs Worldwide House Station to return to Earth

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule C209 has undocked from the Worldwide House Station (ISS) and is now on monitor to reenter Earth’s ambiance and splash down within the Gulf of Mexico as early as Monday, January twenty fourth.

As all the time, the timing and site of Dragon’s splashdown are each extraordinarily delicate to climate circumstances within the space. NASA and SpaceX want daytime recoveries and the stillest sea and wind circumstances attainable, which is to say that present plans for Dragon C209 to splash down round 4:05 pm off the coast of Panama Metropolis, Florida are liable to alter. Within the meantime, the spacecraft has an roughly 20-hour coast forward of it earlier than SpaceX and NASA must resolve whether or not or to not proceed with Monday night’s restoration.

Barring surprises, C209’s return to Earth would be the first of as much as six Dragon reentries and recoveries scheduled in 2022. Up subsequent, SpaceX is making ready to launch Axiom-1 (Ax-1) – Crew Dragon’s first absolutely non-public mission to the ISS – no sooner than (NET) March thirty first. The reused spacecraft will then try its third crewed orbital reentry and splashdown – a primary for Dragon 2 and crewed house capsules – round two weeks later.

Cargo Dragon C209’s second arrival on the ISS, December twenty second, 2021. (NASA)

Days later, Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch Crew-4 – NASA’s fourth operational crew transport mission with 4 astronauts – round April fifteenth. Crew-4 will be a part of Crew-3 on the ISS and Crew-3 will return to Earth in their very own Crew Dragon spacecraft just a few days later – maybe round April twentieth. Like all different operational Crew missions, Crew-4 will spend roughly six months in orbit, throughout which SpaceX is scheduled to launch its two Cargo Dragon 2 missions of the yr – CRS-25 and CRS-26 – NET Might and September 2022. CRS-26’s Cargo Dragon will seemingly return to Earth in mid-October. Liberating up an area station docking port for Crew Dragon’s Crew-5 launch NET October twenty fifth.

Once more, if issues go in accordance with plan, Crew-4 will hand off the ISS to Crew-5 in individual and depart round Halloween or early November, ending SpaceX’s Dragon launch and restoration operations for the yr. In the end, SpaceX has plans for as many as 5 Dragon launches and 6 Dragon reentries in 2022, transporting about 12 tons (25,000 lb) of cargo and as much as 16 astronauts to or from the ISS.

SpaceX Dragon departs Worldwide House Station to return to Earth



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