Today marks the SpaceX NASA Crew Dragon’s historic return to Earth with a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico. The astronauts flying today are Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. But when is everything scheduled to happen? Read on for the details.
The Splashdown Is Scheduled for 2:48 PM Eastern, But the Schedule Could Change
The splashdown is currently scheduled for today — Sunday, August 2 at 2:48 p.m. Eastern. However, crews are watching Hurricane Isaias and there’s always a chance that the splashdown location or the timing might have to change a little based on weather conditions. If weather is not acceptable, Crew Dragon might remain in orbit for another 24 to 48 hours, NASA has said.
Around 8:48 a.m. Eastern (approximately six hours before splashdown), conditions will be assessed. NASA notes: “If conditions at the splashdown site are marginal and exceed the accepted criteria, SpaceX and NASA will jointly make a decision about whether to proceed with deorbit.”
Around 1:28 p.m. Eastern — Crew Dragon Claw Separation. NASA notes: “SpaceX will monitor changes to conditions through the decision to proceed with the deorbit burn (30 minutes before claw separation prep), when a final determination to proceed with deorbit will be made.”
1:51 p.m. Eastern — Trunk jettison
1:56 p.m. Eastern — Deorbit burn
Re-entry and parachutes deploy
2:48 p.m. Eastern — Dragon splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola.
Watch the Crew Dragon Online
Some YouTube channels are providing live coverage about the launch. You can see one below from NASA. It’s also on YouTube here.
Another live stream is provided from SpaceX below. This is the Crew Demo-2 stream, which you can also view on YouTube here.
The launch of the Crew Dragon in May marked the first human flight to space from the Kennedy Space Center in nine years, NASA shared. This is also the final step before NASA certifies the Crew Dragon for long-duration missions to the space station.