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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-28-2017 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceX CRS-13 Mission Overview

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft to low-Earth orbit to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station for NASA.

The 13th flight under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract with SpaceX, CRS-12 will deliver more than 4,800 pounds (2,200 kg) of research, supplies and hardware for the space station's Expedition 53/54 crews, including:

  • Made in Space's Fiber Optics payload, which will test manufacturing fiber optic filaments in a microgravity environment;

  • LaunchPad Medical's investigation using synthetic bone material to accelerate bone repair;

  • NASA’s Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS), a new instrument that will measure the Sun’s energy input to Earth, and Space Debris Sensor, an external tool which will measure the orbital debris environment around the space station;

  • Budweiser's Barley Germination and Malting in Microgravity experiment, which will explore the effects of spaceflight on the germination of strains of barley (Hordeum vulgare), including proprietary strains under development.
Following separation, the Falcon 9's first stage will return to SpaceX's Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

CRS-13 is the first launch of a Dragon on a flight-proven Falcon 9 first stage. The booster previously launched SpaceX's CRS-11 mission in June 2017. The CRS-13 Dragon earlier flew on CRS-6 in 2015.

The launch will be the first from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida since the pad was damaged by a failed static fire in September 2016.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA update
NASA and our commercial cargo provider SpaceX are targeting the 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for no earlier than 1:20 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 8. This new launch date will allow SpaceX to finalize pad readiness, and provide an additional launch opportunity Saturday, Dec. 9, if needed.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-06-2017 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA update
NASA and our commercial cargo provider SpaceX are targeting no earlier than Dec. 12 at 11:46 a.m. EST for their 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. This new launch date takes into account pad readiness, requirements for science payloads, space station crew availability, and orbital mechanics.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-11-2017 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From NASA on Twitter:
NASA and SpaceX are now targeting no earlier than 11:24 a.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 13th, for the company's 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX requested additional time for prelaunch ground systems checks.

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posted 12-11-2017 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too many 13's for my taste. Best of luck SpaceX!

SpaceAngel
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posted 12-12-2017 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read from Twitter not too long ago that the launch has been pushed to Friday; is there any confirmation about it?

Robert Pearlman
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NASA update
NASA and SpaceX are now targeting no earlier than 10:35 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 15th, for the company's 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX is taking additional time for the team to conduct full inspections and cleanings due to detection of particles in second stage fuel system. Next launch opportunity would be no earlier than late December.

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posted 12-12-2017 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like tonight's drive to Titusville is turning into a KSC quick visit and back home.

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