The Inspiration4 mission, flown by Crew Dragon Resilience, is getting close to the end of its three-day mission. Resilience and its four crewmembers are scheduled to splash down off the coast of Florida as early as Saturday evening.
Splashdown is currently planned for the Atlantic at 7:06 PM EDT (23:06 UTC). Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) have been filed for seven areas off of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida for Saturday evening and a backup opportunity early Sunday morning.
Return of Dragon Resilience
Crew Dragon Resilience launched from the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday and reached a near-circular orbit at an altitude of 575 km above Earth and inclined 51.6 degrees to the equator. This is a similar altitude to the orbit of the Hubble Space Telescope and is significantly higher than the International Space Station which is currently in a 430 km orbit. It represents the highest altitude a crewed mission has reached since the early Space Shuttle missions in support of Hubble in the 1990s.
Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon Resilience lift off from LC-39A on Wednesday evening – via Julia Bergeron for NSF
The mission, being flown as part of a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s ...