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Dr Mordrid
5th February 2014, 18:07
Dragon CRS-3 now NET March 16 at ~4:41 AM Eastern. Exact launch window soon.

Secondary launch dates in case of a scrub are March 17, 19 and 20.

Delayed from Feb 22 and March 1 because of eastern US weather issues (snow, ice, winds) preventing the F9 first stage from being shipped and a busy Visiting Vehicle schedule at ISS. No rocket/payload issues, just a wicked winter.

Primary payloads:

* miscellaneous experiments, consumables and supplies for the ISS. Inside Dragon.

* Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS), a high-bandwidth space to ground laser communications device for ISS. In the trunk.

* High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV), which is to assess commercial HD hardwares ability to function in the LEO environment. It will also provide live video streaming over the internet. In the trunk.

Secondary payloads (deployed by Falcon 9 upper stage):

* KickSat CubeSat, which will deploy 250 (!!) KickSat Sprite picosatellites

* ALL-STAR/THEIA, a 3U cubesat from the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (CoSGC) and Lockheed Martin

* TechCube 1, a 3U CubeSat from NASA Goddard

* LMRSat (Low Mass Radio Science Transponder Satellite), a 2U CubeSat from JPL

* Hermes-2, a 1U CubeSat from the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (CoSGC)

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Z55.jpg

OPALS
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/technology/20130711/opals20130712.jpg

HDEV
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/HDEV4.JPG

Dr Mordrid
23rd February 2014, 21:52
'She's got LEGS....'
-- ZZ Top



Elon Musk (@elonmusk) tweeted at 8:37pm - 23 Feb 14:

However, F9 will continue to land in the ocean until we prove precision control from hypersonic thru subsonic regimes (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/437763077753147392)


Elon Musk (@elonmusk) tweeted at 8:32pm - 23 Feb 14:

Mounting landing legs (~60 ft span) to Falcon 9 for next month's Space Station servicing flight pic.twitter.com/zyfazr2BB2 (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/437761896028975104)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BhM-H_4CUAAWcP0.jpg

Dr Mordrid
23rd February 2014, 22:12
Recovery tech concepts: Falcon 9 Dragon, Falcon 9 Cargo and Falcon Heavy Cargo with stage landing legs,

6271

Dr Mordrid
6th March 2014, 01:28
LiveStream coverage usually starts about 30 min before launch,

https://new.livestream.com/spacex



March 5, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY M14-040

NASA Coverage Set for March 16 SpaceX Mission to Space Station

The next SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Sunday, March 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The company's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Dragon cargo capsule, will lift off at 4:41 a.m. EDT. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 3:45 a.m. If for any reason the launch is postponed, the next launch opportunity is Monday, March 17 at 4:19 a.m., with NASA TV coverage beginning at 3:15 a.m.

The mission, designated SpaceX-3, is the third of 12 SpaceX flights contracted by NASA to resupply the space station. It will be the fourth trip by a Dragon capsule to the orbiting laboratory.

The capsule will be filled with almost 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies. The Dragon will remain attached to the space station's Harmony module for more than three weeks, and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California on April 17 with more than 3,500 pounds of experiment samples and equipment returning from the station.

NASA will host a prelaunch news conference at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, followed by a SpaceX science and technology cargo news conference at 2 p.m. Both briefings will be carried live on NASA TV and the agency's website.

If launch occurs March 16, NASA TV will provide live coverage Tuesday, March 18, of the arrival of the Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station. Grapple and berthing coverage will begin at 5:45 a.m., with grapple at 7 a.m. Berthing coverage begins at 9:30 a.m.

Media may request accreditation to attend the prelaunch news conferences and launch online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

The deadline for U.S. media to apply for accreditation is March 10. The deadline has passed for international media to apply.

Media credentials will be valid for mission activities from launch through splashdown at Kennedy and at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

For more information about media accreditation, contact Jennifer Horner at 321-867-6598.

For an updated schedule of prelaunch briefings, events and NASA TV coverage items, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/1dsh9dp

For NASA TV schedule and video streaming information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For video b-roll and other International Space Station media resources, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stationnews

For launch countdown coverage, NASA's launch blog and more information about the mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/spacex

For more information about the International Space Station, research in low-Earth orbit, NASA's commercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

Dr Mordrid
8th March 2014, 20:02
SpaceX confirms there was a successful hotfire engine test today!

Dr Mordrid
10th March 2014, 10:26
Mission patch
http://digitalvideo.8m.net/spacex/crs3/CRS3_patch.jpg

Landing legs on the pad
http://digitalvideo.8m.net/spacex/crs3/CRS3_hotfire_legs.jpg

Hotfire!
http://digitalvideo.8m.net/spacex/crs3/CRS3_hotfire_1024.jpg

Dr Mordrid
4th April 2014, 14:02
Now that the range radar issue has been resolved we have a new launch date for Dragon CRS-3

April 14, 1658 Local (4:58 PM Eastern)

Dr Mordrid
5th April 2014, 06:00
April 4, 2014

NASA Coverage Set for SpaceX Mission to Space Station

The next SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Monday, April 14, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The company's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft, will lift off at approximately 4:58 p.m. EDT. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 3:45 p.m. If for any reason the launch is postponed, the next launch opportunity is Friday, April 18 at approximately 3:25 p.m.

The mission, designated SpaceX-3, is the third of 12 SpaceX flights contracted by NASA to resupply the space station. It will be the fourth trip by a Dragon spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory.

The spacecraft will be filled with almost 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies. The Dragon will remain attached to the space station's Harmony module until mid-May and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California with more than 3,000 pounds of experiment samples and equipment returning from the station.

NASA will host a prelaunch news conference at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 13, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, followed by a SpaceX science and technology cargo news conference at 2 p.m. Both briefings, which are subject to a change in time, will be carried live on NASA TV and the agency's website. A post-launch briefing will be held approximately 90 minutes after launch.

If launch occurs April 14, NASA TV will provide live coverage Wednesday, April 16, of the arrival of the Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station. Grapple and berthing coverage will begin at 5:45 a.m. with grapple at approximately 7 a.m. Berthing coverage begins at 9:30 a.m.

Media may request accreditation to attend the prelaunch news conferences, events and launch online at:
https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

The deadline for U.S. media to apply for accreditation is April 9. The deadline has passed for international media to apply.

Media credentials will be valid for mission activities from launch through splashdown at Kennedy and at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

For more information about media accreditation, contact Jennifer Horner at 321-867-6598.

For an updated schedule of prelaunch briefings, events and NASA TV coverage items, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/1dsh9dp

For NASA TV schedule and video streaming information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For video b-roll and other International Space Station media resources, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stationnews

For launch countdown coverage, NASA's launch blog and more information about the mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/spacex

For more information about the International Space Station, research in low-Earth orbit, NASA's commercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

Dr Mordrid
9th April 2014, 19:38
http://www.spacex.com/webcast/



Dragon got a few upgrades since its last trip to station.

To support more critical science payloads for the ISS, the spacecraft flying on Monday has nearly four times its previous powered cargo capability. Dragon will carry additional freezers in its pressurized section and for the first time ever, powered cargo inside its unpressurized trunk; NASAs OPALS and HDEV experiments. The spacecraft is also sporting redesigned cargo racks to accommodate the additional payloads.

Read more about OPALS at

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/861.html

read more about HDEV at

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/917.html

and watch the launch LIVE right here on Monday 4/14!
http://img.new.livestream.com/events/00000000002b3e11/73c443c6-3379-46fc-bc94-4cc195e9fd7e_640x960.jpg

Dr Mordrid
14th April 2014, 01:38
An urgent late cargo load has taken place; thermal interface materials for replacing the faulty backup robotic arm MDM (modulator-demodulator) on ISS were flown to Florida last minute and loaded into Dragon's pressurized cargo. The faulty MDM will be replaced during a spacewalk after Dragon's arrival.

They're also flying a new spacesuit to replace the one that leaked water a few months ago.

SpaceX VP for Mission Assurance Hans Koenigsmann said the first stage entry burn will happen 7-8 minutes after launch. Stage1 will be touching down at about the time Stage 2 achieves orbit. The legs will deploy shortly after the start of the landing burn. There will be a recovery boat in the area, but it may be too far away to capture touchdown on video.

Two aircraft will be monitoring the Stage 1 supersonic retropropulsion reentry and landing attempt; one from SpaceX and one from NASA. The NASA intetest is because while there is a lot of theory about supersonic retropropulsion there have been few experiments, and SpaceX's F9R tests will be the largest scale experiments by far. Supersonc retropropulsion is a very important tech for manned and large size robotic Mars missions.

F9 legs
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/14/a7uqe9av.jpg

Camera pod pointing at leg?
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/14/4umutusu.jpg

Detail of leg attachments
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/14/ujuteta8.jpg

Dr Mordrid
14th April 2014, 10:28
@collectSPACE
A rainbow forms behind @SpaceX's #CRS3 Falcon 9 at LC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., April 14, 2014.pic.twitter.com/vhER3AOZ26 (Pic at bottom)


SpaceX ‏@SpaceX**
Falcon 9 and Dragon have gone vertical in advance of today’s launch to the ISS! Liftoff @ 4:58pm ET.


Press kit (pdf).... (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=34476.0;attach=578 605)


Today, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are set to launch the CRS-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. Liftoff is targeted for 4:58pm EDT from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon will be loaded with nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and science experiments bound for the ISS, and if all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will berth with the station around 7:00am EDT on Wednesday April 16th. A full mission press kit is attached.

SpaceX’s live launch webcast will begin at 4:20pm EDT atwww.spacex.com/webcast.

Photos are available atwww.spacex.com/media, and videos will be made available after the launch at vimeo.com/spacexlaunch.

http://digitalvideo.8m.net/SpX-3-launch-rainbow.jpg

Dr Mordrid
14th April 2014, 10:44
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzEsXL3S_mc

Dr Mordrid
14th April 2014, 13:09
SCRUBBED!!

From SpaceX:

CRS-3 Update

Today’s launch has been scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9’s first stage. A fix will be implemented by the next launch opportunity on Friday April 18, though weather on that date isn’t ideal. Check back here for updates.

Dr Mordrid
14th April 2014, 13:45
Next launch window: April 18 at 15:25 Local (EDT)

Dr Mordrid
18th April 2014, 09:27
F9 rolled out and put vertical. Powered up. Propellant load started at 1147 Local EDT (1547 GMT).

Weather is iffy, and alternate launch dates have been.set for April 19, 22, and 25 because NASA really needs the replacement MDM hardware at ISS ASAP so the repairs can commence.

Musk noted that because of the triple-redundant avionics, you could put a bullet into one of the avionics boxes and keep flying.

Dr Mordrid
18th April 2014, 10:22
Props are loaded and LOX is in topping off mode. A squall line moved through and now only the cumulus cloud rule is currently being violated.

Dr Mordrid
18th April 2014, 10:30
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk 6m
Heavy seas in Atlantic preventing our recovery ship from being on station. Maybe they can help? http://theaviationist.com/2014/04/17/russian-tug-off-us/

(Referring to the Russian recon tug shadowing the launch since Monday)

Dr Mordrid
18th April 2014, 13:19
Launch!!

Dragon separated, opened her solar panels and appears to be on the way to ISS.

@b0yle 25s
.l@SpaceflightNow quotes @SpaceX team member as saying #Falcon first-stage reignited during descent and video was being sent back.

And there was a sequence on Livestream showing the retro-fire from the 1st stage cam.

Dr Mordrid
18th April 2014, 13:29
Launch video

http://youtu.be/65zDaDSvIww

Dr Mordrid
18th April 2014, 21:48
According to insiders the accuracy of the return track and touchdown was very good.

The next launch, the launch of 6 ORBCOMM commsats in May, will also do a water touchdown.

If that succeeds and the F9R Dev-1 and F9R Dev-2 tests at McGregor and SpacePort America continue to succeed, a land touchdown at KSC could occur any time after FAA and KSC give the go-ahead.


Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk
@MarinaSBlinova Rocket boost stage reaching 0 m/s in one piece :) Will know soon. Odds not high.

Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk*
Data upload from tracking plane shows landing in Atlantic was good! Several boats enroute through heavy seas.

Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk*
Flight computers continued transmitting for 8 seconds after reaching the water. Stopped when booster went horizontal.

Lars Blackmore ‏@larsblackmore
(Guidance, Navigation and Control team leader for SpaceX's Gr****opper rocket)

We landed the rocket softly in the ocean! One (small) step toward reusable rockets!

From the Livestream comments


SpaceX

F9 First Stage Landing

Data upload from tracking plane shows first stage landing in Atlantic was good! Flight computers continued transmitting for 8 seconds after reaching the water. Stopped when booster went horizontal. Several boats enroute through heavy seas...

Dr Mordrid
18th April 2014, 23:47
Waco Tribune (Waco TX is near the McGregor test center)....

http://m.wacotrib.com/blogs/joe_science/spacex-dragon-launches-st-stage-splashes-down/article_b26fa16e-c726-11e3-bccd-001a4bcf887a.html?mode=jqm


SpaceX Dragon launches; 1st stage splashes down

UPDATE, 7:10 PM:* Holy. Freaking. Crap.

They did it. They actually did it.

The Falcon 9 first stage splashed down into the Atlantic in one piece. Actual recovery is still an issue given heavy seas, but...
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Followed by tweets from several SpaceX team members.

Evildead666
19th April 2014, 05:04
Absolutely awesome.

Buffering the video for later :)

Dr Mordrid
19th April 2014, 12:53
One more for your collection - the entire SpaceX webcast

http://youtu.be/Od-lON4bTyQ

Dr Mordrid
20th April 2014, 06:41
GRAPPLE


http://youtu.be/3fDzvdEfSgc

Dr Mordrid
20th April 2014, 07:11
Berthing complete at 10:06 EDT

Evildead666
22nd April 2014, 08:30
Is there a video of 'just' the 1st stage landing in the sea ? Just to see how it did ?

Dr Mordrid
22nd April 2014, 13:50
No video yet, the stage recovery op is ongoing in rough seas - 20 feet over the weekend. The Coast Guard had it 200 nm off Savannah, Georgia. If they can get it they'll bring it in at Charleston, South Carolina.

The best approximation would be the F9R Dev-1 test of last week, which has its own thread.

Evildead666
24th April 2014, 08:13
Yeah, I watched that one, very interesting it was too :)

I was meaning any video of the First Stage's descent, and landing, since they probably must have had camera's pointed at it to record it. :)
The onboard video will take time, sure, if and when they find the first stage :)

Dr Mordrid
25th April 2014, 04:23
There are a TON of major SpaceX items coming, but I can't say what because the aerospace site I'm on still has them under embargo. Some may be released later today (Friday.) Big stuff that has even the rocketeers outside of SpaceX excited.

There are 2 major events where some of these may go live,

Elon Musk is scheduled to talk at the Export-Import Bank Conference in Washington at 11:15 AM EDT.

And SpaceX itself is making an announcement tomorrow at 1PM EDT.

Dr Mordrid
25th April 2014, 16:49
There IS video of the water landing. SpaceX is prepping it for publication on their site and their YouTube channel.

Aerospace journalist Jeff Foust tweeted from todays Musk appearance at the National Press Club

@jeff_foust
Musk: data clearly showed a soft landing, all legs deployed, in safe state in the water.

Musk: taking steps on next launch (ORBCOMM) to get to stage when it sets down in ocean, looking for bigger boats.

Musk: landing precision not a goal of this test, but got to within few miles of the target. Focus was on getting to zero velocity at ocean.

Musk: have worked with Air Force to identify several landing sites at the Cape. AF has been very helpful, actually.

Musk: boost stage is 70% of vehicle cost; if customers get comfortable with reused stages, can lower costs by that.

Musk: gave this a 40-50% chance of working. I was pleasantly surprised legs deployed and landed, sat there for 8 sec before losing data.

Musk: know with certainty it landed vertically, with legs deployed, based on multiple sources of telemetry.

Evildead666
26th April 2014, 04:41
The possibility of cutting up to 70% of the launch costs, which are already much less than the competition, would fill their order books for the rest of the decade easily. :)

We might not be that far away from a Space Dry Dock, and out first In-Orbit built SpaceShips and StarShips. :) :bunny:

3D Print the bulk of it in Space. Just send up the cartridge replacements :)

Dr Mordrid
26th April 2014, 17:01
A spacedock is possible. Bigelow Aerospace is planning a version of the BA-2100 Olympus (2,100 m3 intermal volume, 2x ISS) station module with a huge airlock and pressurized docking space for 2 spacecraft needing service.