Dragon SpX-12 Cargo Mission to ISS
SpaceX’s twelfth regular Dragon is inbound for arrival at the International Space Station on Wednesday, following a smooth launch atop the company’s Falcon 9 rocket that successfully lifted the Dragon into orbit while the first stage booster returned to an impressive landing at Cape Canaveral. Approaching ISS from behind and below, Dragon is targeting an 11 UTC Capture by the Station’s robotic arm to be followed by berthing to the Harmony module later on Wednesday to kick off a five-week stay.
The Dragon SpX-12 mission features the last newly-built Dragon 1 spacecraft as subsequent missions will employ refurbished vehicles as SpaceX transitions its production line to the Dragon 2 vehicle that will be used for ISS crew missions and cargo flights beyond SpX-20.
|Launch: August 14, 2017 – 16:31:37 UTC||Mission Updates|
|Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT||Cargo Overview|
|Payload: Dragon SpX-12||Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle|
|Initial Orbit: 206 x 357 km, 51.6°||Countdown Timeline|
|ISS Orbit: 401 x 408 km, 51.64°||Launch Profile|
|Dragon RNDZ: August 16, 2017||Dragon Spacecraft|
|Capture: 11:00 UTC||ISS Expedition 52|
|Berthing Port: Harmony|
|Cargo Upmass: 2,910kg|
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