Watch and discuss live as #SpaceX #DM1 docks the #CrewDragon to the International #SpaceStation for the #CommercialCrew demonstration mission.
Demonstration Mission 1 is the first of the two test flights for the Commercial Crew Program (CCP). It is SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft’s first journey to space, for now without any crew. It was launched atop a Block 5 Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The spacecraft is loaded with some cargo, and an anthropomorphic test device (ATD) that is fitted with sensors, named Ripley. Crew Dragon is scheduled to autonomously dock with the International Space Station about 30 hours into the flight on Sunday.
Crew Dragon will perform a series of phasing maneuvers to gradually approach and autonomously dock with the International Space Station on Sunday, March 3 at approximately 6:00 a.m. EST. Filled with about 400 pounds of crew supplies and equipment, Dragon will remain docked with space station for five days.
Crew Dragon will autonomously undock with the International Space Station on Friday, March 8 at approximately 2:30 a.m. EST. About five hours after Dragon departs the space station, it will conduct its deorbit burn, which lasts approximately 15 minutes. Dragon will reenter Earth’s atmosphere and splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean about 35 to 40 minutes later, or at approximately 8:45 a.m. EST.
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