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Falcon 9: Crew Dragon DM-1 (uncrewed test flight)

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DocM    15,668

DM-1 is an uncrewed test flight to the international Space Station. 

 

If successful, this vehicle will be re-used for the IFA mission (in flight abort) where Crew Dragon will test its SuperDraco LAS (launch abort system) engines at high altitude and peak launch loads (MAX-Q).

 

Launch photographer Ben Cooper has the NET launch date/time

 

http://www.launchphotography.com/Delta_4_Atlas_5_Falcon_9_Launch_Viewing.html

 

Launch: NET Feb. 9 
T-0: ~1100 Eastern

 

If it slips past Feb. 13 the high Beta angle will cause a further slip to at least Feb. 20. 

 

Between Feb. 9 and 13 each delay day moves the launch time 22-26 minutes earlier.

 

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Crew Dragon DM-1 vehicle. The black areas on this side of the Trunk are conformal solar arrays; no covers & no need to unfold them, so less to go wrong. The other side has thermal radiators, which keep the spacecraft cool.

 

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DocM    15,668

Irene Klotz is from Aviation Week, and Post-Certification Missions (PCM) are not happening until after DM-2.

 

 

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DocM    15,668

 

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Jim K    11,901

 

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DocM    15,668

Launch: NET Feb 23, 2019

 

Time: TBD

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DocM    15,668

 

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DocM    15,668

Still looking like Feb 23

 

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,626

The Tower is looking spiffy. All the rehab work to get it prepped for the cladding is nothing less than attractive

 

Gotta hand it to SpaceX ... the weather coating and sealing compounds are just .. nice. It's never looked this good.

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DocM    15,668

In part ISS scheduling 

 

 

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flyingskippy    159

Now that's a spaceship! Looks like something out of Star Trek!

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,626

Ah well. More time to get the cladding work advanced.

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