Elon Musk`s SpaceX Capsule Splashes Down Off Florida Coast

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Launched on Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Dragon docked at ISS the following day before detaching early Friday for its return to Earth.

About 6 hours after departing the space station, Crew Dragon splashed down at 8:45 a.m. EST approximately 230 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The smell of isopropyl alcohol at the International Space Station (ISS), which appeared after the arrival of U.S. unmanned spacecraft Crew Dragon last week, started to disappear after the demo capsule undocked from the station, a source in the Russian rocket and space industry told Sputnik on Sunday.

To really make sure the capsule is capable of handling a lot of stress and then some, the capsule that the test will be carried on is the same one that has now landed back on Earth; of course, the Crew Dragon will be refurbished before its next test mission. "It's also the first commercially built human rated space craft", Gebhardt says. The Dragon linked with the station autonomously, being the first American spacecraft ever to do so in this manner.

The launch systems are aimed at ending US reliance on Russian Soyuz rockets for $80 million-per-seat rides to the $100 billion orbital research laboratory, which flies about 250 miles (400 km) above earth.

Ripley dummy astronaut in the Crew Dragon during descent
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"Everything happened just perfectly, right on time the way that we expected it to", Benjamin Reed, SpaceX's director of crew mission management, said in a live stream from California. "You see the light from the atmosphere as it heats up", astronaut Bob Behnken said of re-entry.

The mission carried 400 pounds (180 kg) of test equipment to the space station, including a dummy named Ripley outfitted with sensors around its head, neck, and spine to monitor how a flight would feel for a human. "You see some orange light flickering."While Dragon's crew member was a dummy named Ripley this time, the mission sets the stage for a manned flight, which will see two United States astronauts - one of them Behnken - book a return trip to the ISS sometime before the end of the year, according to NASA".

A critical step in validating the performance of SpaceX's systems, Demo-1 brings the nation a significant step closer to the return of human launches to the space station from U.S soil for the first time since 2011, when NASA flew its last space shuttle mission.

"He's going to welcome us aboard, probably, when we get there", Behnken said Friday during a NASA TV broadcast.

Only a test dummy was aboard for the test, but the first manned flight aboard Dragon is scheduled for July with two astronauts - a date that could be postponed until later this year. Worried about his other fellow astronauts, inanimate or not, he added he is "personally, very anxious to hear how Ripley is feeling after they pull her out of the capsule and get her onto the recovery vehicle".

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