SpaceX Launch Update Center

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5-26-2012

The hatch between the newly arrived SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and the Harmony module of the International Space Station was opened by NASA astronaut Don Pettit at 3:53 a.m. EDT (0953 GMT)as the complex flew to the west of Auckland, New Zealand.

“…smells like a new car” astronaut Pettit said

Video of Hatch opening

5-25-2012

Berthing Day!

Dragon berthed – image:SpaceX

Capture complete! official time 9:56am EDT flying above Australia

Dragon approaching station.

5-24-12

Upcoming 5-25 Berthing:

  • 2 a.m. – SpaceX/Dragon ISS Rendezvous and Berthing Coverage – JSC (All Channels)
  • 1 p.m. – Mission Status Briefing – JSC (All Channels)

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Dragon just passed 8000 ft below the ISS

Dragon 8000 ft below ISS – image:NASA

5-23-2012

There will be NASA TV coverage tomorrow

May 24, Thursday TV schedule

  • 2:30 a.m. – SpaceX/Dragon Fly-Under Coverage – JSC (All Channels)
  • 10 a.m. – Mission Status Briefing – JSC (All Channels)
  • 11 a.m. – ISS Update – JSC (All Channels)
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My favorite Video
Here we have a video during the launch of the SpaceX employees
My favorite launch photo

from @ParadigmShift35 on Twitter

Video

What will happen during berthing:

5-22-2012

Liftoff!

Watch Video Here

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A inside view of Dragon in orbit – image credit: SpaceX

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Spacecraft separated and solar arrays deployed!!!


Mission Highlights: During the mission, Dragon must perform a series of complex tasks, each presenting significant technical challenges (dates subject to change):

  • May 22/Launch Day: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches a Dragon spacecraft into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
  • May 23: Dragon orbits Earth as it travels toward the International Space Station.
  • May 24: Dragon’s sensors and flight systems are subject to a series of complicated tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the space station; these tests include maneuvers and systems checks that see the vehicle come within 1.5 miles of the station.
  • May 25: NASA decides if Dragon is allowed to attempt to berth with the station.  If so, Dragon approaches; it is captured by station’s robotic arm and attached to the station.  This requires extreme precision as both Dragon and station orbit the earth every 90 minutes.
  • May 26 – 31: Astronauts open Dragon’s hatch, unload supplies and fill Dragon with return cargo.
  • May 31: Dragon is detached from the station and returns to Earth, landing in the Pacific, hundreds of miles west of Southern California.

Current Important Links

click to enlarge   –  image credit: SpaceX

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