SpaceX Crew Dragon Safely Returns Astronauts

On Saturday, May 30, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and today NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard the Dragon spacecraft returned human spaceflight to the United States. SpaceX and NASA undocked Saturday, August 1 for Crew Dragon from the Space Station, with the two astronauts aboard the spacecraft, and returned to Earth.

Dragon splashed down at a targeted water landing site off the coast of Florida at about 2:42 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 2. The Demo-2 mission is the final major milestone for SpaceX’s human spaceflight system to be certified by NASA for operational crew missions to and from the International Space Station. Once the Demo-2 mission is complete, and the SpaceX and NASA teams have reviewed all the data for certification, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi will fly on Dragon’s first six-month operational mission (Crew-1) targeted for late September.

13 thoughts on “SpaceX Crew Dragon Safely Returns Astronauts”

  1. No, that are 4posts in a Row. And either Space X or Tesla, Brian does have almost no other content anymore but Elon.

    So he is basically s….g his d…k…

    1st Statement is therefore verified and proven to be true.

  2. They abandoned plans for that back in ’17

    Musk cited safety concerns for eliminating plans for propulsive Dragon landings in remarks at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington. He also said the original Dragon landing concept, in which four landing legs would extend from the base of the capsule’s heat shield as throttleable SuperDraco thrusters slowed the craft’s speed for touchdown, was not as useful as he initially thought for SpaceX’s plans to send humans to Mars.

    “That was a tough decision,” Musk said in response to a question on the matter. He added that the human-rated Dragon, which SpaceX is developing with mostly NASA funding, is “technically” still capable of propulsive landings.

    “Although you’d have to land it on some pretty soft landing pad because we’ve deleted the little legs that pop out of the heat shield,” Musk said.

  3. I see a few SpaceX stories about space craft and space travel. And there were one or two stories on automobile and battery manufacturing by the automotive manufacturer known as Tesla. Worlds apart, literally.

  4. Downvote for apparent inability to count to 3. And so what if Brian posts 3, 4, 10 Tesla articles in a row, it’s his blog. Ain’t no one forcing you to read it.

  5. A happy conclusion for a very successful first mission.

    It’s been a lot of time since the USA landed humans in a capsule. Basically since the Apollo/Skylab projects ended, like 45 years ago or so.

    The rest between those times and now had returned in the Shuttle, which looks more impressive and superficially advanced (like the spaceplane it was), while being also quite more risky overall.

    Looks don’t matter, though. What matters is that every Crew Dragon mission will cost a fraction of a Shuttle mission, will be less risky and also reusable, resulting in more people going and returning to space for the same buck.

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