AIR TRANSPORT

NASA TV to Cover SpaceX Cargo Dragon Departure from Space Station

NASA | August 12, 2022 | Read time : 01:00 min

NASA TV
A SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft returning science to Earth for NASA is set to depart the International Space Station on Thursday, Aug. 18.

NASA will provide coverage of Dragon's undocking and departure on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency's website beginning at 10:45 a.m. EDT. Watch online at:

Ground controllers at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, will send commands at 11:05 a.m. for Dragon to undock from the forward port of the station's Harmony module and fire its thrusters to move a safe distance away from the station. Controllers will command a deorbit burn the following day.

After re-entering Earth's atmosphere, the spacecraft will make a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Florida. NASA TV will not broadcast the splashdown, and updates will be posted on the agency's space station blog.

Dragon will carry back to Earth more than 4,000 pounds of supplies and scientific experiments that were designed to take advantage of the space station's microgravity environment. Splashing down off the coast of Florida enables quick transportation of the experiments to NASA's Space Station Processing Facility at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, allowing researchers to collect data with minimal sample exposure to Earth's gravity.


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AIR TRANSPORT, COMMERCIAL AVIATION

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GE Aviation | September 08, 2022

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DEFENSE AND SPACE

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Vega C | July 14, 2022

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DEFENSE AND SPACE, COMMERCIAL AVIATION

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AIR TRANSPORT

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