april, 2018

15apr00:00Falcon 9 • Crew Dragon Demo FlightLaunch NET April 2018

Event Details

Launch Date: NET April 2018
Launch Window: TBA
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT (Block 5)
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch Site: LC-39A Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Payload: SpX-DM1
Payload Type: Dragon 2 Test Flight
Payload Operator: SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

 

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to finish certification of the Dragon 2 mission architecture for future crewed missions with ISS Expedition crew members. The Dragon 2 spacecraft will test the approach and automated docking procedure with the Space Station, marking a first for SpaceX as the previous generation of Cargo Dragons used a robotic capture and berthing instead of directly coming in for docking. Dragon 2 will remain docked to ISS for a few weeks before demonstrating its end-of-mission ops, specifically an on-target splashdown and recovery. The SpX-DM1 spacecraft will be re-used for the Falcon 9 in-flight abort test.

 

Mission Resources:

🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT

Countdown Timeline

Launch Weather

📍 Launch Site Schedule

Time

(Sunday) 00:00 UTC

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Crawlerway, Merritt Island, FL, USA

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