U.S. Commercial Cargo Ship Departs Space Station | Summary and Q&A

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September 17, 2017
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U.S. Commercial Cargo Ship Departs Space Station

TL;DR

SpaceX Dragon successfully completes departure burns and begins its journey back to Earth.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What time did Dragon spacecraft separate from the International Space Station?

Dragon spacecraft separated from the ISS at 3:40 AM central time.

Q: How does Dragon move further away from the ISS after separation?

Dragon executes a series of departure burns to gradually increase its distance from the ISS.

Q: What are the keep out sphere and approach ellipsoid?

Keep out sphere and approach ellipsoid are imaginary boundaries set around the ISS, which involve rules and coordination for visiting vehicles like Dragon.

Q: What happens after Dragon completes all the departure burns?

After completing all departure burns, Dragon will perform a deorbit burn to re-enter Earth's atmosphere and eventually splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Dragon spacecraft has been released from the International Space Station right on time at 3:40 AM central time.

  • Dragon executes a series of departure burns to move further away from the ISS and exits the keep out sphere and approach ellipsoid.

  • After completing all departure burns, Dragon will perform a deorbit burn and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

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