NASA’s Demo-2 (DM-2) mission officially left the International Space Station (ISS) on May, via space launch service provider and equipment manufacturer SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. The spacecraft was named “Endeavor” by NASA astronauts Colonel Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley.
The project is currently in the final stages of NASA testing to prove that the spacecraft can fly regularly to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The plan aims to reduce the cost of launching payloads to the International Space Station by stimulating the low-Earth orbit (LEO) economy using the private sector.
The moment the Crew Dragon spacecraft de-de-links with the International Space Station.
Now, as the mission nears its final stages, the Crew Dragon spacecraft has been self-delinked from the “Harmonious” docking module of the International Space Station at 19:35 EST today. The lift marks the final stage of testing the aircraft, which has been docked at the International Space Station during the DM-2 mission to assess and prepare for a return to Earth.
As part of its disengagement program, crew Dragon will release its 12 hooks in two groups and then launch two thrusts to physically separate it from the space station. The aircraft’s derailment will burn autonomously, just as it is off-the-fly. “Crew Dragon” will also adjust its apogee and perigee with the International Space Station, which is 10 km below the International Space Station. Apogees and perigees are used to describe the orbital path of an orbital body, and apogees are the furthest part from vegetation (in the case of Earth) and perigeeis are the nearest part. The burning of the spacecraft’s engine will align its path with the landing point.
The landing site will be off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, and the craft will be sputtering at 14:48 EST on Sunday.