Launch Date: NET August/September 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
|NET August/September 2018
|Falcon 9 FT (Block 5)
|LC-39A Kennedy Space Center, Florida
|Dragon 2 Test Flight
|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.
? Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT