Date: 4 months ago   Category: Space

The Dragon-2 ship undocked from the ISS and returns to Earth


If flight is successful, then NASA will make the decision on certification of Crew Dragon for regular flights. The American Crew Dragon spaceship making trial flight in the pilotless mode undocked with the International Space Station. As it is reported on the website of NASA on Friday, March 8, the procedure of undocking began at 02:31 on time of east coast of the USA (9:31 across Kiev) and is held in the automatic mode. Five hours later after separation of the ship from the ISS, brake engines will turn on. The maneuver will continue about 15 minutes. The ship will descend from an orbit, then in dense beds of the atmosphere the parachute will be developed and Crew Dragon will make landing on water in the Atlantic Ocean approximately at 15:45 across Kiev. As noted the Internet portal Space.com before the procedure of undocking, return of the ship to Earth can be the most difficult part of flight. After delivery of the ship to the spaceport specialists of the SpaceX and NASA company will carry out the detailed analysis of work of systems of the ship and in case no failures in operation of the equipment are revealed, in July start of the ship with pilots Bob Benken and Doug Hurley onboard will take place. They will have to spend several weeks onboard the ISS. If their flight is successful, then NASA will make the decision on certification of Crew Dragon for regular flights. The ship was put to orbit on March 2 by the carrier rocket Falcon-9 of the SpaceX company. It represents the modified cargo Dragon capsule which since 2012 repeatedly delivered freights to the ISS. During the current flight onboard there were about 200 kg of freight, the scientific equipment for measurement of parameters of flight and also a dummy in a space suit. In case of successful use of Crew Dragon, the USA can refuse services of Russia in delivery of astronauts at the ISS because of what Roskosmos will annually lose about half a billion dollars. News from the Correspondent.netv of Telegram. Subscribe for our https://t.me/korrespondentnet channel

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