Filled with almost 3,600 pounds of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo, a SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft is close to get away the International space station Sunday, Jan. 5. NASA Television and thus the agency’s website will broadcast its departure live beginning at 9:15 p.m. EST.
Robotic flight controllers at mission control in Houston will issue remote commands at 9:41 p.m. to release Dragon using the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. Expedition 61 Station Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) will copy rock bottom controllers and monitor Dragon’s systems because it departs the orbital laboratory.
Dragon will fire its thrusters to maneuver a secure distance from the station, then execute a deorbit burn because it heads for a parachute-assisted splashdown around 3:04 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, within the Pacific southwest of Long Beach, California. The splashdown won’t air on NASA TV.
A key component returning aboard Dragon could also be a faulty battery charge-discharge unit (BCDU), which didn’t activate following the Oct. 11 installation of latest lithium-ion batteries on the space station’s truss. Expedition 61 flight engineers Christina Koch and Jessica Meir of NASA removed and replaced the BCDU was during a spacewalk Oct. 18. The unit are getting to be returned to groups on Earth for evaluation and repair.
Dragon launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Dec. 5 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and received the space station two days later.
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