Dragon undocks from ISS and splashes down successfully

by | May 31, 2012 | International Space Station, SpaceX | 0 comments

On 31 May the Dragon capsule undocked from the International Space Station at 0807 GMT after having delivered some cargo and then being loaded up with some experiment results and other equipment to be returned to Earth. Once undocked the craft was manoeuvered away from the station by the robotic arm. Once clear of the station the craft carried out three engine burns to propel it away from the station. The Dragon then flew for a few more hours before being commanded to perform a de-orbit engine firing at 1451 GMT. The craft re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and then deployed its parachutes to splash down in the Pacific Ocean 1542 GMT for recovery.

 

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