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Dragon will undock from the ISS

17 Septembre 2017

The Dragon then fired its thrusters to separate from the space station.

At 4:40 a.m. EDT, Expedition 53 Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and International Space Station Commander Randy Bresnik used the Canadarm2 robotic arm to release the SpaceX Dragon after it was detached from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.

Once the Dragon spacecraft was a safe distance from the orbiting laboratory, SpaceX flight controllers in Hawthorne, California, sent the command for the Dragon to begin its deorbit burn.

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Dragon is now the only resupply spacecraft that is capable of returning to Earth intact. Dragon brought a number of experimental payloads to the ISS, including a supercomputer built by HPE that is created to test whether software hardening alone, without any additional hardware changes vs. a standard supercomputer configuration, can keep the computer operating as intended in the harsh conditions of space.

SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship left the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday and is returning to Earth; the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is broadcasting the journey live. This was the last new Dragon to deliver cargo to the space station.

Dragon will undock from the ISS