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

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DocM    16,542

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    16,542

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

 

 

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DocM    16,542

 

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DocM    16,542

Launch: NET Feb 23, 2019

 

Time: TBD

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DocM    16,542

Still looking like Feb 23

 

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,668

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    16,542

In part ISS scheduling 

 

 

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flyingskippy    167

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

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,668

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

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DocM    16,542

 

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DocM    16,542

WRT the PSN-VI booster,

 

 

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Unobscured Vision    2,668

I know am. :yes: 

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DocM    16,542

I'm betting they do a tour of the Crew Dragon, then say "for our next act...." with an updated Starship video and shots from Boca Chica.

 

Mic-Drop 

 

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anthdci    215

I know it’s a demo flight, but are they going all Falcon heavy and putting dummies in suits in there or are they basically doing a cargo mission?

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+rdlenk    150
21 minutes ago, anthdci said:

I know it’s a demo flight, but are they going all Falcon heavy and putting dummies in suits in there or are they basically doing a cargo mission?

Wouldn't want those interior cameras pointed at nothing, right?

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Unobscured Vision    2,668

My understanding is that SpaceX's objectives for human flight no longer include human rating the FH, but instead are focusing on getting Starship handling all BEO human spaceflight.

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DocM    16,542

DM-1 gets a full anthropomorphic simulator to test human load during launch & recovery, not your basic crash dummy. 

 

FH won't be human rated. Big human launches belong to Starship. 

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DocM    16,542

Weather: 80% GO! 

 

https://twitter.com/SpaceXFleet/status/1100362751287939073

 

@SpaceXFleet
Of Course I Still Love You is preparing to leave Port Canaveral this morning ahead of the DM-1 mission on Saturday. Tug Hollywood is towing for this mission!
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Port Canaveral tugs Florida and Eagle are assisting Hollywood in moving OCISLY away from the dock.
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Departure! Breaking the turnaround record, OCISLY is outbound for sea just 48 hours after delivering a booster to port! The droneship is heading 492km downrange, north east from the launchpad!
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Calling all boats: Please stay out of this zone at 2:48am EST Saturday, March 2, as SpaceX attempts to launch Demo-1 from KSC's pad 39A (with booster landing at sea).

 

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Launch Timeline

 

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NASA TV live coverage of SpX-DM1, all times UTC

 

February 28, Thursday

 

16:00 - NASA Social Media Briefing

21:00 - Prelaunch briefing (only on Public Channel)

23:00 - Replay of Social Media Briefing

 

March 2, Saturday

 

03:00 - Replay of prelaunch briefing

07:00 - Begin of of launch coverage

07:49 - Launch (7:49:03)

09:00 - Post-Launch News Conference

 

March 3, Sunday

 

08:30 - Coverage of rendezvous and docking

11:00 - Docking (scheduled)

13:30 - Coverage of Crew Dragon hatch opening

13:45 - Hatch opening (scheduled)

15:35 - Coverage of Dragon welcoming ceremony @ ISS

 

March 7, Thursday

 

17:15 - Coverage of the hatch closure

17:25 - Hatch closure (scheduled)

March 8, Friday

07:00 - Coverage of undocking

07:31 - Undocking (scheduled)

12:30 - Coverage of deorbit burn and splashdown

12:50 - Deorbit burn (scheduled)
13:45 - Splashdown (scheduled)
TBD   - Post-Splashdown News Conference

 

https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/schedule.html, EST times 

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Updates:

 

2019-02-26: Prelaunch briefing has been scheduled for 21:00 UTC on Thursday.

2019-02-27: Added replay of pre-launch briefings

2019-02-27: Post-launch news conference has been preponed from 10:00 to 9:00 UTC

 

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