SpaceX’s CRS-16 Dragon spacecraft is now into the EOM (End Of Mission) phase of her mission following unberthing from the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday. Dragon was released from the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) occurred at 23:30 UTC, with splashdown in the Pacific Ocean expected six hours later.
The conclusion to Dragon’s mission was expected earlier in the week. However, ISS managers opted to delay the EOM events to Sunday, due to poor weather conditions in the splashdown zone.
The CRS-16 Dragon was launched on Falcon 9 B1050.1 back in December. The launch was successful, however the booster failed to land at Cape Canaveral’s LZ-1 due to a grid fin system failure that saw the stage lose control after the entry burn.
Falcon 9 performs successful abort from RTLS to ocean splashdown after sending upper stage & Dragon on their way to ISS.
This is why @SpaceX flies this trajectory… intentionally aiming for water. Until today, we could only talk about it in theory. Hats off @elonmusk & co. pic.twitter.com/7axDmjF22y
— Kerbal Space Academy (@KSpaceAcademy) December 5, 2018
Despite the spin, the booster still managed to abort to a water landing and was towed back to Port ...