SpaceX Cargo Dragon Departs ISS Written 30 June 2023


A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft prepares to depart the International Space Station.  | NASA

Aviation Week reports that NASA’s 28th SpaceX-contracted Cargo Dragon resupply mission spacecraft “departed the International Space Station (ISS) June 29 with a 3,600-lb. return cargo of scientific research samples and hardware for a splashdown off the Florida coast.” The splashdown is “planned for June 30 at 10:30 a.m. EDT in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.” Once the freighter “is secured with NASA personnel on board a SpaceX recovery vessel, the time-sensitive science cargo can be offloaded and flown by helicopter to the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida.” The CRS 28 Dragon “undocked from the ISS U.S. segment’s zenith Harmony docking port at 12:30 p.m. EDT in response to commands from SpaceX ground controllers in Hawthorne, California.”
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