Astronauts on 1st crewed SpaceX flight prepared for capsule splashdown | CBC Information

Astronauts on 1st crewed SpaceX flight ready for capsule splashdown | CBC News

Two U.S. astronauts about to make the primary splashdown return in 45 years stated Friday they’re going to have seasick baggage prepared to make use of if wanted.

SpaceX and NASA plan to deliver Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken again Sunday afternoon within the firm’s Dragon capsule, aiming for the Gulf of Mexico simply off the Florida panhandle. Flight controllers are retaining shut watch on Hurricane Isaias, anticipated to stay to Florida’s east coast.

Hurley stated if he and Behnken get sick whereas bobbing within the waves awaiting restoration, it will not be the primary time for a crew. Astronauts returning within the early 1970s from Skylab, NASA’s first house station, didn’t really feel nicely following splashdown, Hurley famous.

Feeling sick “is the way in which it’s with a water touchdown,” he stated throughout the crew’s ultimate information convention from the Worldwide Area Station.

This might be SpaceX’s first splashdown with astronauts on board, ending a two-month check flight that started Could 30 at NASA’s Kennedy Area Heart — the primary launch of a crew from the U.S. in almost a decade. The capsule has been docked on the house station since Could 31, permitting Hurley and Behnken to chip in with spacewalks and experiments.

Hurley stated the emergency and different tools has checked out nicely aboard Dragon. Launch and rendezvous went flawlessly, “so we anticipate nothing completely different for the splashdown,” he stated.

Their departure leaves three on board, one American and two Russians.

The Dragon capsule might be within the water for about an hour earlier than it is hauled by crane onto a SpaceX restoration ship. Will probably be one other hour earlier than the hatch is opened and the astronauts emerge. Flight surgeons might be among the many dozens of the restoration staff members.

The plan is for the Dragon to undock from the house station on Saturday, a day earlier than splashdown. The prime goal is off the coast of Panama Metropolis, midway between Tallahassee and Pensacola.

“We cannot go away the house station with out some good touchdown alternatives in entrance of us, good splashdown climate,” Behnken advised reporters. “We might keep up right here longer. There’s extra chow and I do know the house station program’s obtained extra work that we will do.”

Like launch, the trip again might be primarily automated, with the crew and flight controllers intervening provided that needed.

Behnken has an additional purpose to deliver this Dragon again in fine condition. Following refurbishment, the capsule will fly once more subsequent spring with a crew of 4 — together with his spouse, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur. SpaceX’s subsequent astronaut flight is focused for the top of September.

Behnken stated even earlier than his launch, that they had an inkling she can be assigned to a SpaceX flight. NASA introduced the information this week.

“And naturally, I will have loads of ideas for her,” he stated.

Hurley is married to lately retired NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.

NASA turned to SpaceX and Boeing for U.S.-based crew transport after the house shuttles retired in 2011. Russian rockets have been the one method for astronauts to get to the house station till SpaceX grew to become the primary personal firm to launch people into orbit two months in the past. Boeing’s first crew flight is not anticipated till subsequent yr.

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