NASA has updated their TV schedule to include the mission objectives for the SpaceX COTS 2+3 flight . NASA has given its approval for the launch on May 19th. Scheduled for 4:55AM ET. This is promising however SpaceX has failed to release any updates on its official site since May 7th . I would like to think they are busy preparing for the launch and not dealing with a setback or problem.
I love this little tidbit from the press kit:
“Demonstration launches are conducted to determine potential issues so that they might be addressed and – by their very nature – carry a significant risk. All spaceflight is incredibly complicated, and this flight introduces a series of new challenges – it is only the third flight of the Falcon 9 rocket, the second of the Dragon capsule, and the first for a number of all-new components necessary to berth with the International Space Station. If any aspect of the mission is not successful, SpaceX will learn from the experience and try again.”