A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship returned to Earth with an ocean splashdown on Saturday (Aug. 20) carrying tons of science gear from the Worldwide Area Station.
The uncrewed Dragon house capsule splashed down off the coast of Florida on time at 2:53 p.m. EDT (1953 GMT) after simply over a month on the house station.
“Splashdown of Dragon confirmed, finishing SpaceX’s twenty fifth cargo resupply mission to the house station,” SpaceX wrote in a mission replace on Twitter (opens in new tab) at present. The corporate didn’t present dwell views or pictures of the spacecraft’s splashdown.
“As soon as Dragon has been retrieved by SpaceX’s restoration staff, the essential science aboard the spacecraft can be transported through helicopter to [NASA’s Kennedy Space Center] and offered to researchers,” the corporate added (opens in new tab) in a second Twitter put up.
SpaceX launched the Dragon’s SpaceX-25 mission from KSC on July 14, with the spacecraft arriving on the station two days later. It delivered 5,800 kilos (2,630 kilograms) of science experiments, crew provides and different essential cargo to the station.
On Friday, the Dragon spacecraft undocked from the house station, establishing its return to Earth on Saturday with about 4,000 kilos (1,815 kg) of science gear. That cargo included the outcomes of a myriad of experiments on the station that can be delivered to keen scientists.
SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon capsules are uncrewed variations of the corporate’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and designed to ferry provides to and from the Worldwide Area Station below a multi-billion-dollar contract with NASA. SpaceX is one among two U.S. corporations at present flying resupply missions to the station (Northrop Grumman is the opposite with the Cygnus spacecraft) with Sierra Nevada Area Techniques additionally tapped to offer comparable providers for NASA with its deliberate Dream Chaser house airplane.
Russia’s robotic Progress spacecraft additionally make common cargo supply missions, with the European Area Company and Japan additionally flying their very own cargo ships prior to now.
The house station is at present house to seven astronauts that make up the Expedition 67 crew. The crew consists of three People, three Russians and one European. SpaceX launched 4 of these astronauts on a Crew Dragon as a part of its Crew-4 mission for NASA.
SpaceX will launch NASA’s subsequent crew to the house station, referred to as Crew-5, in September.