Even before Crew Dragon returns from space, NASA endorses reuse for humans

  • Crew Dragon is shown docked to the Harmony module on the
    International Space Station. [credit: NASA ]

Weather permitting, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft
will splash down
in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. Forecasters
are closely watching conditions due to Hurricane Isaias but are
hopeful the mission will find calm seas and light winds offshore
from the Florida Panhandle.

Unlike the Apollo missions, which returned to Earth in the
Pacific Ocean, NASA and SpaceX chose to target a splashdown near
the Florida Peninsula. The main reason they did this is to get
crews more quickly back to their homes, near Houston, after a
spaceflight.

However, landing Dragon near Florida has another advantage for
SpaceX. By splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico or nearshore waters
of the Atlantic Ocean, a SpaceX recovery boat can transport the
Crew Dragon vehicle back to the company’s facilities at Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station within days. This has become all the
more important after a recent announcement that NASA will allow
SpaceX to begin reusing its Crew Dragon spacecraft early next
year.

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Even before Crew Dragon returns from space, NASA endorses
reuse for humans