Cape Town, Fla. — Two American astronauts who are preparing to return for the first time in 45 years said on Friday that they will be ready to use seasickness bags if needed.
SpaceX and NASA plan to bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into the company’s Dragon capsule on Sunday afternoon, with the goal being in the Gulf of Mexico near Panhandle, Florida. Flight controllers are paying close attention to Hurricane Ishas, which is expected to hit the east coast of Florida.
Hurley said it would not be the first time for a crew member if he and Bacon fell ill while waiting for recovery. Hurley pointed out that astronauts who returned from NASA’s first space station Skylab in the early 1970s felt unwell.
At the last press conference of the crew of the International Space Station, he said that feeling unwell “is the way to land on water.”
This will be SpaceX’s first bombardment of astronauts, ending a two-month test flight, which began on May 30 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This is the first US transmitter crew in the past decade. Since May 31, the capsule has been docked at the space station, which allows Hurley and Benken to participate in space walks and experiments.
Hurley said that the emergency and other equipment have been well checked on the “Dragon” named “Endeavour.” He said the launch and rendezvous were flawless, “so we expect the splash will not be any different.”
Their departure left three members, one American and two Russians.
After the splash, it will take about an hour to use the crane to tow the capsule to the SpaceX recovery ship, where the hatch will be opened and the astronauts will get out of the vehicle. The flying surgeon will be one of dozens of members of the recovery team.
The plan is for the dragon to dock from the space station the day before landing. The main target is the coastal area of Panama City, between Tallahassee and Pensacola.
Bainken told reporters: “We will not leave our space station, and there is no good landing opportunity in front of us, good landing weather.” “We can stay here longer. There is more food for me. Knowing that there is still a lot of work to be done in the space station program.”
Like launch, the return journey is basically automated, with the crew and flight controller intervening only when necessary.
Behnken has additional reasons to restore this dragon to health. After the refurbishment, the space capsule will fly again next spring with four members, including his wife, NASA astronaut Megan MacArthur. SpaceX’s next astronaut flight is scheduled for the end of September.
Bainken said that even before his launch, they hinted that she would be assigned to SpaceX flights. NASA announced the news this week.
He said: “Of course, I will give her a lot of tips.”
Hurley married the recently retired NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.
After the space shuttle was retired in 2011, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) turned to SpaceX and Boeing for transportation of American personnel. Until two months ago, after SpaceX became the first private company to put humans into orbit, Russian rockets were the only way for astronauts to enter the space station. Boeing does not expect to make its first flight before next year.