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SpaceX: NASA CRS-10/Dragon launch on Falcon 9, Tomorrow, 10:01am EST/7:01amPST (+landing!)
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: February 17, 2017 12:32PM
For those interested -

SpaceX will be launching a Falcon 9 rocket, with a Dragon capsule, to the International Space Station, as the CRS-10 mission. The Dragon will be carrying over 5000lbs of supplies, experiments and goodies for the ISS and its crew.

It will be an "instantaneous" launch window at 10:01am tomorrow morning (Saturday, Feb 18). If weather forces a scrub (and right now there's a 30% chance of a high level cloud condition that would violate launch conditions... believe it or not, too much sound can reflect from too thick a cloud layer and either damage the rocket, or make it too loud on the ground) the backup launch schedule is Sunday (9:38am EST).

The Launch will be from Pad 39a at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This will be the first launch of any kind from LC-39a since Atlantis on STS-135. The pad has been refit, modernized, and leased by SpaceX for the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets (the Falcon Heavy should debut in May).
This is while LC-40 is being rebuilt after Septembers little "oops" on the pad.

The Falcon 9 rocket for this flight has been "static fire" tested a couple days ago, and is now on the pad ready for pre-flight with the Dragon capusule attached.

The FAA has issued the "launch license" for this flight and the "clear zone" directives have been issued for areas off shore.

There will be a Landing of the First Stage of this rocket, and it will be a "Return to Launch Site" landing, at LZ-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (the other side of the complex from KSC). This should be quite a show, as it's the first "land" landing during the day!

The Live "hosted" webcast will be at; [youtu.be]

The Live "technical" webcast will be at; [youtu.be]

The official SpaceX/NASA Press Kit is at; [www.spacex.com]



Paul F.
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Re: SpaceX: NASA CRS-10/Dragon launch on Falcon 9, Tomorrow, 10:01am EST/7:01amPST (+landing!)
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 17, 2017 12:40PM
....so..... the Falcon.....has landed.......???



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Re: SpaceX: NASA CRS-10/Dragon launch on Falcon 9, Tomorrow, 10:01am EST/7:01amPST (+landing!)
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: February 17, 2017 01:45PM
I'm glad humanity is still trying to do awesome things.



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Re: SpaceX: NASA CRS-10/Dragon launch on Falcon 9, Tomorrow, 10:01am EST/7:01amPST (+landing!)
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: February 18, 2017 09:42AM
Scrubbed until tomorrow 9:38 am EST.
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