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Dragon Resupply Ship Leaves Station, Heads for Pacific Splashdown


SpaceX — Dragon CRS-17 Mission patch.


June 3, 2019



Dragon Resupply Ship Leaves Station, Heads for Pacific Splashdown

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was released from the International Space Station at 12:01 p.m. EDT after flight controllers in Houston delivered remote commands to the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. Expedition 59 Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency monitored Dragon’s systems as it departed the microgravity laboratory.


Next up, Dragon will fire its thrusters to move a safe distance from the station and execute a deorbit burn around 4:56 p.m. to leave orbit. Splashdown down is targeted for approximately 5:55 p.m. EDT (2:55 p.m. PDT).


Dragon Resupply Ship Leaves Station, Heads for Pacific Splashdown


Dragon was detached from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module at 8:30 a.m. after flight controllers at mission control in Houston delivered remote commands to the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. Expedition 59 Flight Engineer David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency will back up the operation and monitor Dragon’s systems as it departs the orbital laboratory.



Image above: Dragon attached to Canadarm2 robotic arm just before being released. Image Credits: NASA TV/ISS-HD Live/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.


After firing its thrusters to move a safe distance away from the station, Dragon will execute a deorbit burn around 4:56 p.m. to leave orbit, as it heads for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, 202 miles southwest of Long Beach, California, at approximately 5:48 p.m. (2:48 p.m. PDT). There will be no live coverage of deorbit burn or splashdown.



Image above: Dragon released from Canadarm2 robotic arm. Image Credits: NASA TV/ISS-HD Live/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.


Dragon launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket May 4 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and arrived at the station two days later with almost 5,500 pounds of science, supplies and cargo on SpaceX’s 17th commercial resupply mission to the station for NASA.


Related links:


Expedition 59: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition59/index.html


Harmony module: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/harmony


Canadarm2: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/mobile-servicing-system.html


SpaceX Dragon: https://www.nasa.gov/spacex


Space Station Research and Technology: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html


International Space Station (ISS): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html


Images (mentioned), Video (NASA TV), Text, Credits: NASA/Mark Garcia/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.


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