Ax-1 undocking, splashdown delayed to Sunday, Monday due to high winds, NASA says

News 6 will plan to livestream undocking, splashdown

A SpaceX Cargo Dragon begins undocking from the International Space Station on July 8, 2021. (Image: NASA) (WKMG 2021)

The undocking of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying the four Ax-1 astronauts from the International Space Station will now occur no earlier than Sunday night, according to Kathy Lueders, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate.

In the update, as echoed on NASA’s website, Lueders said the delay was imposed due to high winds at the splashdown site. The change of plans has had no effect thus far on Wednesday’s anticipated Crew-4 launch, Lueders said.

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The undocking had originally been planned for Tuesday, but was delayed until Saturday before being pushed to Sunday, also due to unfavorable weather at the splashdown location off the Florida coast, according to NASA.

NASA’s coverage of the capsule’s return is now scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with hatch closure, and undocking set for 8:55 p.m.

Re-entry and splashdown are expected Monday, with coverage to come courtesy of Axiom Space and SpaceX.

News 6 will plan to livestream both the undocking and splashdown of the Ax-1 mission on when that coverage begins.

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