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Crew Dragon Demo-1 undocking, splashdown


An artist’s rendering of a SpaceX Crew Dragon near International Docking Port 2 at the forward part of the International Space Station. Credit: SpaceX

An artist’s rendering of a SpaceX Crew Dragon near International Docking Port 2 at the forward part of the International Space Station. Credit: SpaceX

After a planned two-week mission docked to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s unpiloted test flight of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, the vehicle is expected to undock and return to Earth via a parachute-assisted splashdown in the ocean.

Should all go according to plan, this mission will have served as 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.

Earlier Event: February 12
NG-10 Cygnus unberthing
Later Event: February 22
Soyuz MS-11 relocation