After a planned 5-day mission docked to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s unpiloted Crew Dragon spacecraft undocked and began its return to Earth via a parachute-assisted splashdown in the ocean. The spacecraft docked on March 3.
Approximate departure timeline
Hatch closure: 17:39 UTC
Undocking: 07:32 UTC
Trunk separation: 12:48 UTC
Deorbit burn: 12:50 UTC (15-minute firing of Draco thrusters)
Nose cone close: 13:11 UTC
Entry interface: 13:33 UTC
Parachute deployment: 13:41 UTC
Splashdown: 13:45 UTC
Demo-1 docked with the ISS at 10:51 UTC March 3 and remained at the outpost for five days before before undocking on March 8 to begin its return to Earth for a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Florida.
This mission was a dress rehearsal for SpaceX’s first human spaceflight using a Crew Dragon, currently anticipated for later in 2019 with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.
SpaceX with its Crew Dragon, along with Boeing and its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, are the culmination of work ongoing for the better part of the last 10 years to re-establish the United States’ ability to send humans into space from American soil.
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