Two U.S. astronauts about to make the first splashdown return in 45 years stated Friday they’re going to have seasick baggage ready to make use of if wanted.
SpaceX and NASA plan to deliver Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken again Sunday afternoon in the firm’s Dragon capsule, aiming for the Gulf of Mexico simply off the Florida panhandle. Flight controllers are maintaining shut watch on Hurricane Isaias, anticipated to stay to Florida’s east coast.
Hurley stated if he and Behnken get sick whereas bobbing in the waves awaiting restoration, it will not be the first time for a crew. Astronauts returning in the early 1970s from Skylab, NASA’s first area station, didn’t really feel nicely following splashdown, Hurley famous.
Feeling sick “is the method it’s with a water touchdown,” he stated throughout the crew’s remaining information convention from the International Space Station.
This will likely be SpaceX’s first splashdown with astronauts on board, ending a two-month take a look at flight that started May 30 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center — the first launch of a crew from the U.S. in almost a decade. The capsule has been docked at the area station since May 31, permitting Hurley and Behnken to chip in with spacewalks and experiments.
Hurley stated the emergency and different gear has checked out nicely aboard Dragon. Launch and rendezvous went flawlessly, “so we count on nothing completely different for the splashdown,” he stated.
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Their departure leaves three on board, one American and two Russians.
The Dragon capsule will likely be in the water for about an hour earlier than it is hauled by crane onto a SpaceX restoration ship. It will likely be one other hour earlier than the hatch is opened and the astronauts emerge. Flight surgeons will likely be amongst the dozens of the restoration staff members.
The plan is for the Dragon to undock from the area station on Saturday, a day earlier than splashdown. The prime goal is off the coast of Panama City, midway between Tallahassee and Pensacola.
“We will not go away the area station with out some good touchdown alternatives in entrance of us, good splashdown climate,” Behnken advised reporters. “We might keep up right here longer. There’s extra chow and I do know the area station program’s obtained extra work that we are able to do.”
Like launch, the experience again will likely be primarily automated, with the crew and flight controllers intervening provided that essential.
Behnken has an additional cause to deliver this Dragon again in fine condition. Following refurbishment, the capsule will fly once more subsequent spring with a crew of 4 — together with his spouse, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur. SpaceX’s subsequent astronaut flight is focused for the finish of September.
Behnken stated even earlier than his launch, that they had an inkling she could be assigned to a SpaceX flight. NASA introduced the information this week.
“And in fact, I’ll have a whole lot of ideas for her,” he stated.
Hurley is married to lately retired NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.
NASA turned to SpaceX and Boeing for U.S.-based crew transport after the area shuttles retired in 2011. Russian rockets had been the solely method for astronauts to get to the area station till SpaceX grew to become the first personal firm to launch people into orbit two months in the past. Boeing’s first crew flight is not anticipated till subsequent 12 months.
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