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#1 DocM

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 05:39

Currently NET February 11, 2014

ISS payload mass: 1,580kg (3,476lb)

Payloads: 1 GLACIER and 2 MERLIN freezers for experiment samples, Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS), the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) camera, the KickSat CubeSat - which will deploy 250 (!!) KickSat Sprite picosatellites, plus incidentals and consumables.

This will also be the next Falcon 9 v1.1 to attempt landing the first stage after main engine cut-off (MECO) and stage separation. This is a major step towards manufacturing a reusable launcher, which will drastically lower launch costs.

If landing legs are available they are working with KSC for a place to make a land touchdown and with the FAA for permits.

If no legs are available it'll attempt another touchdown at sea, similar to the CASSIOPE launch.


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 16:12

The KickSat cubesat started out as a Kickstarter project that succeeded. The first gen Sprite satellites are about the size of a cracker and are sold as development kits for ~$200+. Time should apply Moore's Law to their capabilities, and IMO the concept begs to be upscaled.

KickSat (each slot houses a Sprite & deployer)
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Posted Yesterday, 21:14

 

This will also be the next Falcon 9 v1.1 to attempt landing the first stage after main engine cut-off (MECO) and stage separation. This is a major step towards manufacturing a reusable launcher, which will drastically lower launch costs.

such a mantra :) it'd be great, for 1st times, to increase payload mass up to reasonable numbers + meet the dates to launch w/ no terrific plague of delays.



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Posted Today, 02:31

NASA TV coverage of Dragons arrival at ISS. All times are EDT.

http://www.nasa.gov/

http://mobile.nasa.gov

April 20, Sunday

5:45 a.m. - Coverage of the Rendezvous and Grapple of the SpaceX/Dragon Cargo Craft at the ISS (Grapple scheduled at 7:14 a.m. ET) - JSC (All Channels)

9:30 a.m. - Coverage of the Installation of the SpaceX/Dragon Cargo Craft on the ISS (Installation scheduled to begin at appx. 9:45 a.m. ET) - JSC (All Channels)

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Posted Today, 04:19

if no secret, what was the velocity of stage to impact onto water?



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Posted Today, 04:54

0 m/s. Soft landing except for high waves. Avionics and telemetry kept broadcasting until it tipped horizontal.

The USAV General Frank S. Besson (US Army logistics ship) departed Port Canaveral several hours ago heading E-NE at 11 kt, a heading towards the recovery zone. The Besson can only do 12.5 kt light, 11.5 kt heavy.

ISTM they're in a big hurry in the direction of the recovery zone. Too many floating ITAR-sensitive goodies to leave floating once those seas settle, and the smaller ships weren't able to get to it. Or it could be a coincidence.

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Posted Today, 09:05

Dragon is ahead of schedule!

MCC-Houston to ISS: Dragon range 600 meters

ISS: Dragon in sight

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Posted Today, 13:37

GRAPPLE



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Posted Today, 14:11

Berthing complete at 10:06 EDT



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