NASA has reported plans to provide coverage of a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft set to leave the international space station, the administration said.
The SpaceX Dragon plans to return to earth following the delivery of almost 5,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and equipment — including a docking adapter for future American commercial crew spacecraft.
SpaceX´s Commercial Resupply Service-9 mission arrived on station July 20. The Dragon spacecraft will be detached from the Earth–facing port of the Harmony module using the station´s Canadarm 2 robotic arm. Robotics controllers will send commands to maneuver the spacecraft into place before it´s released by Expedition 48 Flight Engineers Kate Rubins of NASA and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The spacecraft will move to a safe distance from the station and fire its engines to drop out of orbit and descend back to Earth. A parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific is expected at about 326 miles west of Baja California. The deorbit burn and splashdown will not air on NASA TV.