Dragon released from ISS for re-entry and it splashes down on Earth with cargo

by | May 12, 2016 | Satellites, SpaceX | 0 comments

The SpaceX Dragon CRS-8 (Dragon CRS1-08) unmanned cargo spacecraft that was being flown on behalf of NASA by SpaceX was gingerly unberthed from the Harmony port of the International Space Station (ISS) using the Canadarm robot arm on 11 May 2016. Under the control of UK ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, the Canadarm released the Dragon craft at 1319 GMT. The craft used three burns to depart from the vicinity of the ISS. The spacecraft’s super-draco thrusters were used to make a de-orbit burn at 1801 GMT.

With the trunk section separated the Dragon return capsule re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere to make parachute retarded splashdown landing in the Pacific off California at 1855 GMT.

The craft carried 157 kg of cargo including experiments, and also the faulty spacesuit that sprung a water leak into the helmet of Tim Kopra during a recent spacewalk, back to Earth. The faulty suit has leaked before, most notably as it nearly drowned/choked Italian ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano in 2013.


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