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Weather being watched ahead of Demo-2 return

1 Aug 2020, 03:55 UTC
Weather being watched ahead of Demo-2 return
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Weather models show Hurricane Isaias’ system track approaching the Florida coast at the approximate same time as SpaceX and NASA are planning the return and splashdown of the Demo-2 Crew Dragon capsule.
SpaceX and NASA, in preparation for the upcoming undocking of the DEMO-2 Crew Dragon from the International Space Station, are continuing to monitor weather patterns in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
After a review of the latest forecast for the waters off the coast of Florida, and taking into account the seven possible splashdown locations, it has been decided to proceed with plans to bring astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley back to earth aboard the SpaceX Endeavor Crew Dragon this weekend, currently targeting for the departure to occur at 7:34 a.m. EDT, Saturday, Aug. 1, with splashdown estimated at 2:42 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 2.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, standing in front of LC-39A and their Falcon 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center, launched to the ISS on May 30, 2020. Photo credit: NASA
The return of the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to carry crew to the ISS will conclude the DEMO-2 test flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The American ...

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