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    Default Falcon 9: Dragon CRS-15 (ISS resupply, science & "spook" stuff)

    Dragon CRS-15

    Launch date: June 28
    Launch time: 0603 EDT (1003 GMT)
    Pad: LC-40
    Core: Flight Proven™ B1045.2 (Block 4; TESS)
    Stage landing: NO (?)

    Payloads: 2,410 kg pressurized, 900 kg unpressurized

    ECOSTRESS: ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station

    DESIS: DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer

    OFPM: Optical Fiber Production in Microgravity (ZBLAN fiber; Made In Space, Inc.)

    UiTMSAT 1, MAYA 1 and BHUTAN 1: JAXA cubesats (Japan space agency)

    Biarri-Squad 1, 2 & 3: Australia, US, UK and Canada defense agencies (read: 4/5 of Five Eyes), Boeing & BAE; precision flying exeriment (?!!?)

    FACSAT-1: Earth observation tech demonstrator; Colombia (FAC: Fuerza Aérea Colombian)
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    SpaceX ✔ @SpaceX
    Falcon 9 and Dragon went vertical tonight ahead of tomorrows resupply mission to the @ISS. Weather is 90% favorable for launch at 5:42 a.m. EDT, 9:42 UTC.

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    ISS gets HAL's cousin - CIMON

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    From an astronomer/satellite hunter, re: the 6+ hour Block 5 upper stage long-coast & Atlantic re-entry,

    Jonathan McDowell ✔ @planet4589
    Replying to @Marco_Langbroek
    6h is also the coast duration for a 3-burn GEO insertion, so helping qualify it for NRO direct GEO insertion missions
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    Jonathan McDowell ✔ @planet4589
    And the SpaceX rep on the NASA TV mission briefing confirms it's a long duration coast test - I bet for the reason I suggested
    1:30 PM - Jun 28, 2018

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    NASA TV at about 0515 Eastern

    https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public
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    Picture perfect.

    Launch photographer Tom Cross was impressed,

    TomCross @_TomCross_
    CRS-15 was hands down the most beautiful launch Id ever seen. This was absolutely incredible! #spacex #crs15 @Teslarati @ISS_Research @NASA @NASAKennedy @elonmusk
    6:03 AM - Jun 29, 2018

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    Michael Seeley @Mike_Seeley
    Stunning #sunrise launch of the #SpaceX #CRS15 #Falcon9 as seen from the roof of the VAB.

    (Pic: me / @WeReportSpace )
    6:03 AM - Jun 29, 2018 · Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)

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    Twitter video of the sunrise upper stage "ghost"

    https://twitter.com/donovan_n/status...269439489?s=19
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    NASA TV

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