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SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:57 pm

It appears SpaceX has gotten the go ahead to send Dragon to ISS for the first time.

7 Feb 2012 is the launch date.

Should be a milestone mission I think.

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011...c/HQ_11-413_SpaceX_ISS_Flight.html

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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:48 pm

It's a lot to ask on the first try, but the first time they launched a working Dragon, it went about as perfect as they could hope. Here's to another.
They could probably double the mass they're contracted to deliver per mission, even before the M1D is on line, if volume limits don't kick in. Orbital had better be on the ball if they want to stay competitive.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:00 pm

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 1):
It's a lot to ask on the first try, but the first time they launched a working Dragon, it went about as perfect as they could hope. Here's to another.

yes a big mission. But I see the point of going ahead and doing the berthing... Once they've done the rendevouz they may as well berth it...
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:31 pm

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 1):
It's a lot to ask on the first try, but the first time they launched a working Dragon, it went about as perfect as they could hope. Here's to another.

The European ATV went to the ISS on its' first mission. And the second.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:40 pm

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 3):
The European ATV went to the ISS on its' first mission. And the second.

Ariane 5 was an established booster however. Everything is new with Falcon 9 & Dragon.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:49 pm

Dragon delayed.

No estimate of how long however...

http://www.space.com/14251-launch-delay-spacex-dragon-spaceflight.html
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:49 pm

Looks like late March now... Due to additional testing required...

From Bill Harwoods site:

Launch of a SpaceX commercial cargo ship on an initial test flight to the International Space Station, originally planned for Feb. 7, is expected to slip to at least the end of March, officials said Friday, to give engineers time to complete additional hardware and software testing in the wake of a recent simulation, software analysis and work in Florida to close out the craft for flight.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/120120delay/
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:54 pm

Further delay expected... Probably until April... Related to the damaged Soyuz and the Russian launch delay? IDK but that would be my guess...

Makes me wonder why SpaceX pushed to combine COTS 2 & 3 if they were so unready?

http://www.space.com/14460-spacex-dragon-spacecraft-launch-delay.html

More info:

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk said Friday the first Dragon spacecraft will likely reach the International Space Station in April, echoing a senior NASA manager's comments earlier this week as engineers update the spaceship's operating software after problems surfaced during a simulation in January.

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/120203update/

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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:32 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 4):
Everything is new with Falcon 9 & Dragon.

It seems that they are rushing and they really want an American vehicle to take American crews to the ISS rather than using Soyuz and calling on Russia. Maybe a question of pride?

Docking on a second try seems a bit early to me. The second try might work and not the third one. We don't know. I hope they will test and make sure of total safety before they send astronauts to the ISS with this new carrier.

Seeing an entrepreneur going from Paypal to human Space flight technlogy has always seemed odd. They are two totally different ventures.

They should give Arianespace the power to send humans to the ISS as they already have perfected the technique with the ATV and they are a long reputed Space business with innumerable successful satellite launches and placements.
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Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:59 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
It seems that they are rushing and they really want an American vehicle to take American crews to the ISS rather than using Soyuz and calling on Russia.

This is the cargo variant of Dragon... a crewed version is some ways off yet... if it happens at all... Better to work the bugs out on the cargo variant don't you think?

Speaking of Soyuz, what do you think about the accident the Russians just had with the Soyuz spacecraft?
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:56 pm

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 9):
Speaking of Soyuz, what do you think about the accident the Russians just had with the Soyuz spacecraft?

You mean the Progress that was lost with the cargo that was goiing to go to the ISS?
If old confirmed technology fails - there is nothing like 100% certainty in anything - this is why I am thinking the Space X and their new launcher and capsule should not be rushed. If a Soyuz fails a SpaceX will have even more risk of failure I suppose as it is very little tested in the real situation. As with everything new I always say: wait and see. I wish the SpaceX good luck.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:15 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
You mean the Progress that was lost with the cargo that was goiing to go to the ISS?

No, the pressure test that recently went wrong and damaged descent module that was scheduled to go to ISS shortly. Crew on station now will have a delayed return as a result. I'm thinking this gave SpaceX some breathing room on the Dragon launch - just a guess on my part

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Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:30 pm

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 11):
No, the pressure test that recently went wrong and damaged descent module that was scheduled to go to ISS shortly.

They can easily extend crew stays on the ISS for as long as they have got enough supplies for them on board the Station. As for the damaged equipment would the Russians not have a spare that can be used shortly? They will not have to rebuild an all new launcher and modules from scratch I hope?

And also the SpaceX will have to take even more care that all their testing is successful and they don't have failure on second try or they might lose it all. I am sure there are some behind them waiting, such as Boeing and probably others too if the intention is to develop more US commercial launchers/vehicles and leave the Soyuz aside to be used exclusively for Russian and European crews.

I still wish there was a push for Arianespace for human Space flight as they have such a high rate of success with the ATV and all the satellites and now even have Russian launchers at their space port in French Guyane.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:01 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 12):
They can easily extend crew stays on the ISS for as long as they have got enough supplies for them on board the Station.

No they can't. The two Soyuz docked at ISS have a limited life in orbit, about 210 days. TMA-22 launched November 14th, and will need to reenter by June 11th (currently planned for March 16th), TMA-03M launched December 21st, and will need to reenter by July 18th (currently planned for some time in June). So there's some slack, but it's definitely finite.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 12):
As for the damaged equipment would the Russians not have a spare that can be used shortly? They will not have to rebuild an all new launcher and modules from scratch I hope?

There's no stock. They're going to use the next one off the assembly line. It's not finished, but it's not being built from scratch. IIRC the lead time on Soyuz correctly, the next spacecraft* will have been under construction in some fashion for a bit over two years (at least counting some of the long lead time parts).

Presumably this will have repercussions down the line as well, although, a repair to the TMA-04M hardware has not been ruled out (which would them make it available for a later mission).


*what should have been TMA-05M for Expedition 32 (originally planned for late May, to replace TMA-03A), will now fly the TMA-04M/Expedition 31 mission (replacing TMA-22), although I don't know if they're going to call the flight -04M or -05M.
 
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:30 am

Quoting rwessel (Reply 13):
The two Soyuz docked at ISS have a limited life in orbit, about 210 days. TMA-22 launched November 14th, and will need to reenter by June 11th (currently planned for March 16th), TMA-03M launched December 21st, and will need to reenter by July 18th (currently planned for some time in June). So there's some slack, but it's definitely finite.

An update on the timeline: The replacement Soyuz for TMA-04M/Expedition 31 likely won't launch before May 15th, which leaves only 27 days of slack* before TMA-22 needs to return to earth. No word yet on the status of the Soyuz after that on the assembly line, TMA-03A needs to come back not long after.

There's a definitely a possibility that the ISS crew will need to drop to three for a few months (probably alternately three and six for a while) to accommodate the Soyuz production schedule, although I've no way to assign a probability to that occurring.


*A few less if you want the crews to overlap at the station, as is usually done.
 
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:11 am

Quoting rwessel (Reply 14):
An update on the timeline: The replacement Soyuz for TMA-04M/Expedition 31 likely won't launch before May 15th, which leaves only 27 days of slack* before TMA-22 needs to return to earth. No word yet on the status of the Soyuz after that on the assembly line, TMA-03A needs to come back not long after.

There's a definitely a possibility that the ISS crew will need to drop to three for a few months (probably alternately three and six for a while) to accommodate the Soyuz production schedule, although I've no way to assign a probability to that occurring.

More and more, partly related to the vulnerability of ISS to Soyuz issues, I think (with 20/20 hindsight of course) that the partner nations would have been better served to have built a man-tended lab, along the lines of Skylab, than the $100B monstrosity we've created.

What _actual_ science is being done ? What papers have been written based on research performed ? Seems to me a huge amount of the person-hours aloft are spent on maintenance, both personal and station-related. I'd like to see a tally of how many hours per week are devoted to doing actual research.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:07 pm

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 15):

What _actual_ science is being done ? What papers have been written based on research performed ? Seems to me a huge amount of the person-hours aloft are spent on maintenance, both personal and station-related. I'd like to see a tally of how many hours per week are devoted to doing actual research.

This would indeed be interesting. I would also like to take a representative sample of the research done up there and see a detailed analysis of why this could only be done in space. I'm thinking along the lines of the moths in space experiment carried out a few years back, where it could arguably have been done perfectly well in one of the zero g training aircraft.

Don't get me wrong, I am actually all in favour of the ISS as a lab, technology demonstrator and springboard to more ambitious space escapades in the future, but wonder if we are misusing the potential of it being up there by wasting time and launch volume/payload on experiments that strictly speaking could be done in specialist labs on aircraft or terrestrially.
 
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:50 pm

Quoting GST (Reply 16):
This would indeed be interesting. I would also like to take a representative sample of the research done up there and see a detailed analysis of why this could only be done in space. I'm thinking along the lines of the moths in space experiment carried out a few years back, where it could arguably have been done perfectly well in one of the zero g training aircraft.

Don't get me wrong, I am actually all in favour of the ISS as a lab, technology demonstrator and springboard to more ambitious space escapades in the future, but wonder if we are misusing the potential of it being up there by wasting time and launch volume/payload on experiments that strictly speaking could be done in specialist labs on aircraft or terrestrially.

   Can't disagree with much of the above.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:30 pm

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 15):
More and more, partly related to the vulnerability of ISS to Soyuz issues, I think (with 20/20 hindsight of course) that the partner nations would have been better served to have built a man-tended lab, along the lines of Skylab, than the $100B monstrosity we've created.

That's a little unfair to Soyuz. The glitches we've seen with Soyuz during the ISS program are trivial compared to the Shuttle issues. Heck, the Shuttle has actually been killed, how's that for a performance issue? During all the shuttle issues it was Soyuz that kept the station alive. The may have lost an entire spacecraft, and it's only setting them back three months.

The real problem now is funding. When there were two launch vehicles, there was backup, and in the early days, the Russians *did* keep some equipment stock, especially during the pre-ISS days. Now with only Soyuz, things are still scheduled on the minimum-cost/nothing-will-go-wrong basis, and one failed mission creates a mess. Paying Roscosmos to be a bit further ahead in their construction cycle would be an obvious solution, but that would make to much sense for politicians in either country.

Quoting GST (Reply 16):
Don't get me wrong, I am actually all in favour of the ISS as a lab, technology demonstrator and springboard to more ambitious space escapades in the future, but wonder if we are misusing the potential of it being up there by wasting time and launch volume/payload on experiments that strictly speaking could be done in specialist labs on aircraft or terrestrially.

You're making the assumption that there *are* many experiments that can (only) be usefully conducted on ISS. Sure there are a few, but it's thin. There are certainly a few things that you might like to try in microgravity, but the vibrations on ISS rules many of them out. As do safety issues, mass issues, cost, limited staff, limited down load, insane schedules, and...

As for workload, back in the 3-crew days, NASA semi-official position was that it was taking 2.5 people to run/maintain the station. And the crew was pretty busy then. I suspect with a six person crew you've got no more than the equivalent of thee people to do non-station related work.

BTW, a reasonably complete list of science on ISS:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_research_on_the_ISS

Most of the stuff is not well described, but almost everything has links to sources.
 
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:09 am

Now penciling in 20 Apr for range time.....

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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:48 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 19):
Now penciling in 20 Apr for range time.....

Can't they dock the Space X capsule without needing to use the robotic arm?
Why can't they just take it close-up to a port and dock it directly as they do with the other ships?

 
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:12 pm

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 20):
Can't they dock the Space X capsule without needing to use the robotic arm?
Why can't they just take it close-up to a port and dock it directly as they do with the other ships?

The nations involved with the ISS are not willing to let some new, essentially untested, capsule fly straight at their multi billion dollar creation and risk the lives of those on board "hoping" the Space-X capsule will stop in time.

All it takes is some thruster or sensor problems, or bad software or calculations to make it a very bad situation.

To minimize risk the capsule will be basically doing a "fly by" in its trajectory, i.e. not heading directly towards the station, as it comes to a stop. Then once it is safely stopped the space stations robotic arm will grapple it.

Everything has to be precise, the capsule docking has to be accurate within 3 inches in all dimensions (well that was the space shuttles requirement). that takes practice and testing to prove that you can do that reliably and repeatedly. In the future, once the system has proven itself it will be allowed to dock directly with the space station.

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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:49 pm

Quoting tugger (Reply 21):

Everything has to be precise, the capsule docking has to be accurate within 3 inches in all dimensions (well that was the space shuttles requirement). that takes practice and testing to prove that you can do that reliably and repeatedly. In the future, once the system has proven itself it will be allowed to dock directly with the space station.

Sound a bit strange, since European ATV was docking directly to the ISS, while Japanese HTV is using arm capture approach. Both are well established programs, but without too much of docking experience. How would that correlate with what you said?
 
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Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:12 pm

Quoting tugger (Reply 21):
The nations involved with the ISS are not willing to let some new, essentially untested, capsule fly straight at their multi billion dollar creation and risk the lives of those on board "hoping" the Space-X capsule will stop in time.

Incorrect, or more specifically, this doesn't really answer her question.

The simple answer is that the ports on the Dragon are not designed for an autonomous Soyuz or Shuttle-style docking. Dragon uses the Common Berthing Mechanism. This is the same mechanism that attaches the US segment modules as well as the MPLMs when Shuttle was flying. The Dragon is designed to be grappled by Station's robot arm, aligned and docked to a CBM very precisely. With this method, there is zero impact force and less moving parts in the berthing mechanisms. The advantage to this is that Dragon can carry standard-sized racks whereas Soyuz/Progress and ATV cannot. It is impossible for a CBM to accept a docking, it has to be berthed by the arm.

HTV and ATV also did stationkeeping tests with ISS; this is nothing new.

The Japanese HTV also uses the CBM method.

Docking using APAS (Shuttle) or LIDS (the "future") is much more dynamic, involves a body with lots of mass "impacting" the station...impact that must be dampened via the docking mechanism, which requires some complexities. The advantage to this approach is that the Station is "passive," i.e., nothing special is required of it when a vehicle docks in this way.

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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:20 am

Flight Readiness Review was held today. There are still testing matters to be taken care of.

However, the static fire is still scheduled for 25 Apr followed by launch on 30 Apr.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:31 am

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 12):
I still wish there was a push for Arianespace for human Space flight as they have such a high rate of success with the ATV and all the satellites and now even have Russian launchers at their space port in French Guyane.

I second that. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much of a push in progress: precursory programs like EXPERT (reentry vehicle) are not stopped, but I am not under the impression that they are placed under any kind of pressure.

I have recently been in touch with the principal technical engineer of the program, and he basically told me that they're "also working on other new projects" such as the service module for NASA's MPCV and VAC: to be sure, these are human-spaceflight related projects too (both derived from ATV), but not something that puts an independent crew launch and reeentry capability on a fast track.

Specifically, EXPERT is waiting for a lauch opportunity, after the initial (and frankly unrealistic) initials plans to launch from a russian ballistic missile submarine fizzed out. With VEGA already commissioned (and scheduled to launch IXV), one would think that finding a launch opportunity shouldn't be *that* much of a problem if the will (and the money) is there.
 
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:52 pm

Quoting rwessel (Reply 18):
You're making the assumption that there *are* many experiments that can (only) be usefully conducted on ISS. Sure there are a few, but it's thin. There are certainly a few things that you might like to try in microgravity, but the vibrations on ISS rules many of them out. As do safety issues, mass issues, cost, limited staff, limited down load, insane schedules, and...

Back in the 1990s we had an underground research lab bored straight into 1,500 ft of granite. Used to demonstrate underground storage of used nuclear fuel. Actually went down to the bottom 4 times. Very impressive. As the program was winding down there as a proposal to use the shaft as a zero-g drop zone. Of course, the landing at the end would have been an "arresting" experience...
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:39 pm

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 26):
Back in the 1990s we had an underground research lab bored straight into 1,500 ft of granite. Used to demonstrate underground storage of used nuclear fuel. Actually went down to the bottom 4 times. Very impressive. As the program was winding down there as a proposal to use the shaft as a zero-g drop zone. Of course, the landing at the end would have been an "arresting" experience...

Well, current approach is opposite -there are towers which are used for zero-g, not bores.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_tube is a list of such facilities.
 
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Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:32 pm

Interesting entry. The advantage the URL had was it was much longer than the towers, so had a longer period of weightlessness - or would have. My back of the envelope calc gives about 17 sec. or slightly less.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:12 pm

Another delay. Posted on SpaceXs facebook page about 20 minutes ago:

"Our launch is likely to be pushed back by one week to do more testing on Dragon docking code, pending coordination with NASA."

Why am I not surprised?
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Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:07 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 29):
Another delay. Posted on SpaceXs facebook page about 20 minutes ago:

"Our launch is likely to be pushed back by one week to do more testing on Dragon docking code, pending coordination with NASA."

Why am I not surprised?

No surprise to me. Code verification and validation is much more time consuming than actually designing and developing the software itself. The is in NASA-speak Criticality-1 I believe (maybe 1R).
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Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:06 pm

Static Fire now set for 30 Apr. Launch no earlier than 7 May. Unfortunately "no earlier than" tells me they aren't sure how long the extra work is going to take... 
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Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:22 pm

NET is standard Nasa terminology. This is a very ambitious mission - better to do it right.
 
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Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:39 pm

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 32):
NET is standard Nasa terminology. This is a very ambitious mission - better to do it right.

True, but NASA usually had a fixed date two weeks out.
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Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:22 pm

SpaceX will webcast the static fire on Monday...

On Monday, April 30, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will webcast a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket’s nine powerful Merlin engines in preparation for the company’s upcoming launch.
The webcast, available at spacex.com, is set to begin at 2:30 PM ET/ 11:30 AM PT, with the actual static fire targeted for 3:00 PM ET/ 12:00 PM PT.

The 9 engine test will take place at the company’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as part of a full launch dress rehearsal leading up to the second Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) launch. During the rehearsal, SpaceX engineers will run through all countdown processes as though it were launch day. The exercise will end with all nine engines firing at full power for two seconds.

After the test, SpaceX will conduct a thorough review of all data as engineers make final preparations for the upcoming launch, currently targeted for May 7. SpaceX plans to launch its Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit atop a Falcon 9 rocket. During the mission, Dragon’s sensors and flight systems will be subject to a series of tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the space station. If NASA decides Dragon is ready, the vehicle will attach to the station and astronauts will open Dragon’s hatch and unload the cargo onboard.




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Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:34 pm

The Falcon 9 was erected on the launch pad today.

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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:11 pm

First attempt at static fire was aborted.

Second attempt successful.

Video here....

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/142499/events/849384
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Wed May 02, 2012 4:28 am

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 30):

Unless SpaceX is using more than one GPC which I doubt, it's more than likely a 2. If I recall correctly a crit 1 is loss of crew/vehicle. 2 is loss of mission, and I forget what 3 is.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Wed May 02, 2012 10:40 pm

Looks like a May 7 launch is out. More delay...

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/120501delay/
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Thu May 03, 2012 4:36 pm

It's officially NET 5/10 now. 5/19 is a possibility. It probably would have been cheaper to see what might go wrong by flying the rocket like they did with the F1, but that's now how you do business with NASA. That annoying software has to analyze about a million possible situations. Not something you have the kid down the street do in an afternoon.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat May 05, 2012 12:34 am

19 May is official....

RELEASE : 12-149 NASA Issues Statement on New SpaceX Launch Date WASHINGTON -- In response to today's SpaceX announcement finalizing a new target date for the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, NASA issued the following statement from William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at the agency's Headquarters in Washington:

"After additional reviews and discussions between the SpaceX and NASA teams, we are in a position to proceed toward this important launch. The teamwork provided by these teams is phenomenal. There are a few remaining open items but we are ready to support SpaceX for its new launch date of May 19."

For more information on the flight, visit:


http://www.nasa.gov/spacex


http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012...12-149_New_SpaceX_Launch_Date.html
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat May 12, 2012 1:12 am

19 May looks a little more promising now with software validation completed...

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2012/...asses-software-validation-process/
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Tue May 15, 2012 10:06 pm

NASA ISS management team approves 19 May, 0455 EDT, launch...

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/003/status.html

Press kit available here:

http://www.spacex.com/downloads/COTS-2-Press-Kit-5-14-12.pdf
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Wed May 16, 2012 1:08 pm

Excellent stuff, 0455 EDT, what is that in UTC?

Cheers and thanks,
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Wed May 16, 2012 1:16 pm

Quoting maxter (Reply 43):
Excellent stuff, 0455 EDT, what is that in UTC?

I believe it should be 0955 UTC.

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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Wed May 16, 2012 9:59 pm

Launch is at 0855UTC as the east coast of the US is now on Eastern Daylight Time.

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldcloc...12&hour=4&min=55&sec=0&p1=856&p2=0
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Thu May 17, 2012 9:42 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 45):
Launch is at 0855UTC as the east coast of the US is now on Eastern Daylight Time.

04:55 launch, 16:55 my time (WAT) Saturday Excellent stuff.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat May 19, 2012 8:33 am

A little more than 20 minutes to launch.

Weather is go.
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat May 19, 2012 8:43 am

SpaceX streaming live on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB8GbQaBDxM

Launch vehicle & spacecraft are go
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RE: SpaceX Goes To ISS - COTS2/3 Launch Date

Sat May 19, 2012 8:58 am

Launch aborted after ignition and before liftoff.

Eng #5 chamber pressure high

They are scrubbed for today.

[Edited 2012-05-19 02:01:29]
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