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[b]SpaceX launch to space station set for April 30[/b]
Following a NASA-led flight readiness review, the second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program is scheduled for Monday, April 30.
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule will liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a single instantaneous launch opportunity at 12:22 p.m. EDT.
During the flight, SpaceX's Dragon will conduct a series of check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including rendezvous and berthing with the International Space Station (ISS).
The primary objectives for the flight include a flyby of the ISS at a distance of approximately 1.5 miles to validate the operation of the sensors and flight systems necessary for a safe rendezvous and approach. The spacecraft also will demonstrate the ability to abort the rendezvous.
After these capabilities are successfully proven, the Dragon will be cleared to berth with the ISS.
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