The recovery fleet should reach port by late March 27. The reusable capsule will be trucked to a SpaceX rocket proving ground in McGregor, Texas, for further processing.
Launched from Cape Canaveral atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on March 1, the CRS-2 Dragon spacecraft reached the station two days later, once SpaceX flight controllers overcame early difficulties with the thruster system crucial to orbital maneuvers and attitude control.
Dragon’s delivery included its first ISS external cargo, a pair of grapple bars that will be installed on space station radiators during spacewalks set for later this year, and nearly 1,300 lb. of research gear and internal supplies.