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Falcon 9: Dragon CRS-14 (mission)

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DocM    16,614

Both Falcon 9 and Dragon are Flight Proven™

 

Date: April 2, 2018
Time: 1630 EDT (2030 GMT)
Pad: KSC LC-40
Core: B1039.2, first flight CRS-12

Dragon hull: first flight CRS-8 
Recovery: LZ-1

 

Pressurized cargo mass: 2,760kg (6,080lb)
External cargo mass: 550kg (1,210lb) 


Return cargo: Robonaut 2, misc. experiments and biosamples.

 

External payloads

 

Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM)

 

A climate observatory for the ISS developed by the ASIM consortium for ESA; Terma A/S, Technical University of Denmark, University of Bergen, University of Valencia, Polish Academy of Science Space Research Center, and OHB Italia. 

 

Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3)

 

RRM3 will demonstrate innovative methods to store, transfer and freeze standard cryogenic fluid and xenon in space.

Pump and Flow Control System (PFCS)

 

Internal payloads

 

ESA RemoveDEBRIS 

 

The mission will comprise of a main satellite platform (~100kg) that once in orbit will deploy two CubeSats as artificial debris targets to demonstrate some of the technologies; net capture, harpoon capture, vision-based navigation, and dragsail de-orbitation. The project is co-funded by the European Commission and the project partners, and is led by the Surrey Space Centre (SSC), University of Surrey, UK. 

 

 

 

Irazu Project 

 

Space Technology for the Monitoring of Climate Change, Turkey and Costa Rica.

 

1 KUNS-PF

 

A technology testbed built by the University of Nairobi, Kenya. A pathfinder for future larger satellites. Crawl, walk, run.

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DocM    16,614

Static fire window opens at 1100 Eastern.

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Date: April 2, 2018
Time: 1630 EDT (2030 GMT)
Recovery: NO (2nd use, emptying the hangars for F9 Block 5's)

 

 

 

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Payloads presentation

 

 

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bguy_1986    356
On 3/31/2018 at 9:07 PM, DocM said:

Date: April 2, 2018
Time: 1630 EDT (2030 GMT)
Recovery: NO (2nd use, emptying the hangars for F9 Block 5's)

 

 

 

I assume no recovery means they are trashing them in the ocean?  That would be a shame.  Could at least melt the metals down or recycle some of it.

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DocM    16,614

No recovery, they're going to push the edge of the flight envelope. Likely a high angle of attack lifting entry and kamikazi landing burn to see what they can get away with. No sense risking damage to  the ASDS.

 

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DocM    16,614

Liftoff!!!!

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MECO

 

S2 SEP

 

S2 START

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DocM    16,614

 

 

SECO

 

Good orbit

 

Dragon away

 

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SECO

 

Good orbit

 

Dragon away

 

Just like clockwork

Arrays deployed

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anthdci    218

Totally nominal just what we like to see. Curious to the result of the experimental s1. I guess we’ll find out in the coming days the result of it.

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IsItPluggedIn    1,684

SpaceX has been getting a lot better lately with their delays and holds, for a while there it was nearly every launch that was either delayed or they would hold, its good to see they are getting better at hitting the mark.

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DocM    16,614

This is launch #7 for 2018, so SpaceX is now 2 months ahead of their record-setting 2017 cadence.

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NASA videos

 

 

Webcast

 

 

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DocM    16,614

Also, many folks saw/heard of Falcon Heavy and had a relapse of "the space bug."

 

 

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Wow.....

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,678

Bwahaha ... ISS Crew have forced Mission Control to accelerate the capture and docking of CRS-14 Dragon about 20~40 minutes ahead of schedule. Dragon got there a bit earlier than expected (due to efficiency), and rather than be inefficient the JAXA and NASA crewmembers weren't about to waste that opportunity.

 

LMAO ... that's effing great. FD was looking a little twitchy for a couple of minutes before giving them the go-ahead to proceed. :yes: :laugh: :rofl:

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DocM    16,614

Maybe the SpaceX guys snuck another half  gallon of ice cream into one of Dragon's onboard freezers and the crew found out about it? It's happened before :)

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DocM    16,614

Dragon CRS-14 nose cone was found on a French island. Maybe they should also get parafoils ;)

 

 

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anthdci    218
1 hour ago, DocM said:

 

Do you know if the dragons are a reuse once like the pre-block5 falcon9 or can they be used multiple? Same question goes for the dragon 2? I guess that’ll have much more reuse baked into the design

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DocM    16,614

Dragon 1 can be reused several times, but with cargo missions switching to Dragon 2 after CRS-20 certifying it for reuse begins anew.

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