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    Default Falcon 9/Dragon: CRS-13 ISS Resupply Mission

    Pad LC-40 returns to active status! Totally rebuilt.

    Flight Proven™ booster: B1035.2 (CRS-11)
    Flight Proven™ spacecraft: Dragon C108.2 (CRS-6)

    Launch date: December 8, 2017
    Backup date: December 9, 2017
    Launch time: 1320 EST (1820 UTC)
    Launch pad: LC-40
    Stage landing: LZ-1

    Internal cargo:

    2,177.25 kg logistics & science

    External cargo:

    SDS (Space Debris Sensor)
    Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1)

    Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF
    At NASA Advisory Council meeting this morning, Bill Gerstenmaier (NASA Deputy Admin for Human Space Exploration) CONFIRMED that #CRS13/#Dragon is using a flight-proven booster - the CRS-11 booster from June. 1/2

    Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF
    He also confirmed that each CRS mission will be assessed on a flight-by-flight basis going forward to determine use of flight-proven #Falcon9 boosters. 2/2
    1:05 PM - Nov 29, 2017

    Michelle Hansen @CAJunket
    Replying to @ChrisG_NSF
    So running out to fetch a new one not the cause of the delay

    Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF
    Per a statement yesterday, the launch slipped 4 days in part to allow SpaceX a couple more days to get SLC-40 ready and also to better align ISS vehicle schedules to provide a back up launch opportunity on 9 December.
    2:08 PM - Nov 29, 2017
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    Targeting the 12th for launch.

    Delays due to testing the new & upgraded pad hardware.

    William Harwood ✓ @cbs_spacenews
    F9/CRS13: Falcon 9 hot-fire test complete at 3pm; appeared to run normal duration; no obvious issues; will stand by for an update from SpaceX
    3:01 PM - Dec 6, 2017
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    SpaceX ✔ @SpaceX
    Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete targeting launch of CRS-13 on December 12 from Pad 40, followed by launch of Zuma from Pad 40 in early January.
    3:50 PM - Dec 6, 2017
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    Weather: 90% GO

    Backup day: 80% GO
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    What are they resupplying? Is this the reusable rocket?

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    They're taking several tonnes of food, logistical supplies, instruments and experiments to the International Space Station. On the return leg they'll be bringing home experiments and biological samples, defective equipment or spacesuits for repair or disposal, trash, etc.

    Both the Falcon 9 first stage and the Dragon spacecraft are reusable, and each will be flying its second mission. The second stage is expendable.

    The upcoming (tests start 2020-ish) BFR* Booster and BFS* Spaceship will be entirely reusable, the upper stage being part of the Spaceship. Capable of cargo or manned travel to the Moon, Mars, asteroids, the outer Jovian moons (low radiation environments) using prepositioned propellant depots for refuelling. The test flight Spaceship's keel gets laid in Q2 2018. The USAF is paying for part of the engine development.

    * Big F'ing Rocket, Big F'ing Spaceship

    Webcast of CRS-13, about 1146 Eastern Tuesday morning

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    Hello, Sooty!! (the Serenity look)

    Most landing soot retained, hand washed, with strips removed for weld inspections.



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    Some delays due to late loading cargo, one payload which isn't going to make the launch, and some gremlins in the new ground support equipment on this 80% rebuilt pad.

    For a discussion of beta angle & beta angle cutout,

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_angle

    James Dean ✔ @flatoday_jdean
    SpaceX now targeting NET Fri. morning for launch of #CRS13 from Cape Canaveral. That's the only shot before Christmas due to beta angle cutout and Soyuz comings and goings at ISS.
    4:48 PM - Dec 12, 2017
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    Sweet stabilized mashup of the SpaceX and NASA launch & landing videos,

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