SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon is set to unberth and return for a Pacific Ocean splashdown on Sunday, concluding the spacecraft’s latest resupply mission. Dragon will be returning with 3,800 pounds of cargo, highlighting her unique downmass capability for NASA. Splashdown is expected to occur at 10:16 AM Eastern Time (07:16 local time on the West Coast).
As always, Dragon began her journey atop the Falcon 9 rocket.
Launch from KSC’s 39A occurred last month, via an issue free ascent – carried to orbit by the Second Second, while the booster made another successful return of the booster to LZ-1.
As the time it was the 6th Falcon 9 RTLS landing and the 14th overall successful landing of the Falcon 9 first stage.
The primary goal of the mission saw Dragon stalk the ISS prior to her arrival for berthing.
Grabbed by the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS), Jack Fischer and Paolo Nespoli carefully translated Dragon to its pre-install position 3.5 m away from Node-2 Harmony’s nadir port.
This marked the official arrival of 2,910 kilograms (6,415 pounds) of cargo to the station. This included 1,652 kilograms (3,642 lb) of pressurized cargo and the 1,258-kilogram (2,773 lb) ISS Cosmic Ray ...