Falcon 9 / Dragon CRS-7 ISS Resupply (mission thread)


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The 7th of 15 SpaceX Dragon 1 Commercial Resupply Services launches to the International Space Station. Dragon remains the only spacecraft able to return large amounts of cargo to Earth.

Spaceport: LC-40, KSC

Static fire: embargoed

Launch date: June 26, 2015

Launch window: 1109 Local (EST)

Backup date: TBA (presumed June 27)

Backup window: TBA (presumed ~1046)

Landing: ASDS

Payloads

Unpressurized: IDA-1, the first of two International Docking Adapters which will support the automated or manual docking of Commercial Crew spacecraft. IDA-2 will fly on Dragon CRS-9 in December.

Pressurized: consumables, food, clothing, parts and scientific experiments. Also part of the CRS-7 pressurized payload will be AggieSat 4 and Bevo 2.

AggieSat 4: a 50 kg satellite built by students at Texas A&M University.

Bevo 2: a 3U nanosat built by students at University of Texas at Austin. Bevo 2 will be attached to AggieSat 4 and released after the pair is deployed from ISS.

IDA-1

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AggieSat 4

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Bevo 2

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Draggendrop

That IDA-1 is a nice piece of equipment...only thing missing is the "remove tape prior to V2 berthing"...(fingers crossed)

 

Sure hope the students got "monetary lift assistance". This will be exciting for the universities..... :)

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That IDA-1 is a nice piece of equipment...only thing missing is the "remove tape prior to V2 berthing"...(fingers crossed)

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The tape isn't tape, its MMOD protection.

Berthing is done using Common Berthing Mechanisms. It requires a remote control box in ISS to control 16 motorized screws on the Active station side and cannot be detached from the spacecraft side which is Passive.

A docking system can be attached and detached from either the station or spacecraft side.

Still, there are differences. The station IDA's and that used on CST-100 are made by Boeing. They have servomotors and a bunch of electronics to do the mating.

Typically, SpaceX is building their own "IDA-X" for Dragon 2. They opted for levers and springs to do the attaching while remaining physically compatable. They say this is lighter, less expensive to build, more reliable and it is assumed to be able to dock without power.

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Typically, SpaceX is building their own "IDA-X" for Dragon 2. They opted for levers and springs to do the attaching while remaining physically compatable. They say this is lighter, less expensive to build, more reliable and it is assumed to be able to dock without power. 

This would be the way to do it...These manned units are also meant to be used for "emergency escape" which could imply loss of station power at "that section". A "Rolls Royce" is not needed...too many things to go wrong...ie: KISS

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Static fire: NET June 17

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Draggendrop

Some of the guys at NSF are convinced the "Bingo landing game" jinxed the last barge landing attempt...it appears no bingo for CRS-7...

 

This was the bingo card for CRS-6...

 

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This was kind of funny....

 

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Draggendrop

There is a CRS-7 bingo! :)

They didn't change their minds, did they.....Oh.....No........Mr.....Bill.......

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Draggendrop

Here it is.....

 

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Beittil

NET date slipped 2 days to sunday the 28th.

"@flatoday_jdean: SpaceX now targeting 10:21am EDT June 28 launch of SpaceX-7 ISS resupply mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station."

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June 19, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY M15-097

NASA TV Coverage Set for Seventh SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

NASA commercial partner SpaceX currently is targeting Sunday, June 28, for the launch of its seventh cargo delivery to the International Space Station under the agency

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Static fire Jun 26

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Static fire tomorrow.

Weather 90% for Sundays launch.

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SpaceX Dragon CRS-7 cargo mission to ISS

Launch: June 28, 2015

Launch time: 1021 Eastern

Primary payload: IDA-1 docking adapter for Commercial Crew spacecraft

Stage landing: yes

Stage landing zone: ASDS Of Course I Still Love You (drone ship)

CRS-7 video streams

SpaceX YouTube channel (1001 Eastern)

https://www.youtube.com/user/spacexchannel

SpaceX webcast (1001 Eastern)

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/

SpaceX LiveStream (1001 Eastern)

http://livestream.com/spacex/events/4152712

NASA TV (0900 Eastern)

http://nasatv-lh.akamaihd.net/i/NASA_101@319270/master.m3u8

NASA TV on Ustream (0900 Eastern)

https://www.google.com/url?q=http://m.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-media-channel

Mission patch

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flyingskippy

Marine forecast for offshore is looking decent for recovery.

SUN

SW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT

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Draggendrop

Static Fire complete....

 

 

SpaceX has conducted a Static Fire of its Falcon 9 v1.1 on Friday, a key milestone ahead of Sunday

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+John.

T-6 mins!

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Jim K

Oh  no.   :(

 

That was almost surreal ... I thought it was the stage separating but it seemed too soon.

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+John.

Damn :(

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DocM

Looked like an S2 structural failure from here. Dragon popped off and the engines were still cooking when what looked like an O2 cloud formed near the front of S1. L2's checking.

Wow....

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Elon Musk ?@elonmusk

Falcon 9 experienced a problem shortly before first stage shutdown. Will provide more info as soon as we review the data.

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