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SpaceX is targeting Monday, April 2 for an instantaneous launch of its fourteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-14) at 4:30 p.m. EDT, or 20:30 UTC, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
An instantaneous backup launch opportunity is on Tuesday, April 3 at 4:08 p.m. EDT, or 20:08 UTC. Dragon will separate from Falcon 9’s second stage about 10 minutes after liftoff and attach to the space station on Wednesday, April 4.
Both Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-14 mission are flight-proven. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the CRS-12 mission in August 2017 and Dragon previously supported the CRS-8 mission in April 2016.
SpaceX will not attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage after launch.
Dragon will be filled with about 5,800 pounds of supplies, payloads and vehicle hardware, including critical materials to directly support science and research investigations that will occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.
SpaceX CRS-14 is the fourteenth of up to 20 missions to the International Space Station that SpaceX will fly for NASA under the first CRS contract. In January 2016, NASA announced that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft were selected to resupply the space station through 2024 as part of a second Commercial Resupply Services contract award. Under the CRS contracts, SpaceX has restored an American capability to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including live plants and animals, to and from the orbiting laboratory. A variant of the Dragon spacecraft, called Crew Dragon, is being developed for U.S.- based crew transport to and from the space station.
On Wednesday, April 4 International Space Station crew members will use the station’s 57.7-foot (17.6-meter) robotic arm to reach out and capture the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory.
Dragon will return to Earth with more than 3,900 pounds of cargo after an approximately one-month stay at the International Space Station. About five hours after Dragon leaves the space station, it will conduct its deorbit burn, which lasts up to 10 minutes. It takes about 30 minutes for Dragon to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.
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[music]. it's just after 1:15 p. m. pacific . daylight time or 2015 universal . coordinated time on monday april 2nd and . you are looking at a live shot of space . launch complex 40 where the spacex . falcon 9 rocket is about to launch our . dragon spacecraft towing fifty eight . hundred pounds of cargo to the . international space station my name is . john federer steel and i am a lead . mechanical design engineer here at . spacex headquarters in hawthorne. california i am thrilled to be here with . you to cover our 14th cargo resupply . services mission to the international. space station today for the second time . ever we are flying both a flight proven . first stage and a flight proven dragon . that means both the first stage and . dragon have gone to space before and . with t-minus 12 minutes and 30 seconds . and counting . all systems are go at cape canaveral . as i mentioned previously both our first . stage and dragon spacecrafts have gone . to space before that falcon 9 first . stage it looks a little bit so dear at . the bottom there that's because our . refurbishment process it does not. involve a scrubbing that first stage to. make it nice and clean that first stage . flew on august 17th 2017 for our cirrus . 12 mission whereas the dragon spacecraft . on top of the vehicle affluent april 8th . 2017 for our crs 8 mission both dragon . and falcon 9 were designed upfront with . reef light in mind so the vehicle . hardware is built to support multiple . missions with minimal refurbishment in . between as i mentioned previously the . dragon of first stage looks sillier . whereas dragon as you see it on your . screen looks brand-new . that's because refurbished the thermal . protection system or tps on the exterior . to give it that nice white . brand-spanking-new look as you see it . now for today's mission spacex does not . plan to recover the first stage instead . we're going to be pushing the limits a . bit on our return trajectory so that our . first stage can collect additional data. that will help inform our future . reusability efforts we are going to be . performing a landing sequence out in the . atlantic ocean to gather that data but . there's no drone ship in position for . recovery that means that you may hear . some countdown call-outs on the . countdown net regarding first stage. entry but for our webcast we will just . be focusing on our primary mission that . will be the second stages journey into. orbit and its eventual a deployment of . dragon as its makes its journey to the . international space station . but t-minus 10 minutes and counting . right now the good news is we continue . to be on track for an on-time launch . tracking no issues at the moment this is . a dragon mission which means we are . constraints with an instantaneous launch . window what that means is dragon falcon . i must liftoff at this t zero mark we . don't have an open window with which to . recycle the countdown and go again it's . instantaneous because we're trying to . time our launch to the point where the . international space station will be just . about directly overhead cape canaveral. and then falcon 9 and dragon will be . basically trying to catch up to the . space station with eventual capture at . 4:00 a. m. pacific time on wednesday . the detailed the most significant . portion of today's countdown started at . the t-minus 70 minute mark where our . launch control team was pulled at cape. canaveral to enter into the propellant . loading sequence now as you may recall . in order to make fire you need three . elements fuel oxygen and an ignition . source our fuel for falcon 9 is our p1 . that's refined kerosene and as we're . sitting right now both our first and . second stages are nearly full of our p1 . we will continue to top them off up. until about the t-minus 5 minute mark on . that first stage we also carry densified . look at oxygen that's cryogenically . cooled that's actually those those . clouds coming off the rocket that's the . liquid oxygen boiling off right now on . the pad we're sitting at nearly full of. liquid oxygen on our first stage and . about 95 percent full 90% full on our . second stage we will continue to load . liquid oxygen up until about the t-minus . 3 minute mark we also load on helium on . board both stages that's what we keep . the tanks pressurized with as we're. emptying it a propellant a dragon . meanwhile ready to go it began its auto . sequence at t-minus 35 minutes that's . where it begins this coordinated timing . it's moving into internal power just . transition that period right now . everything looking good to go their . range also ready to go weather looking . pretty good we were tracking some anvil . clouds earlier but looks like any . constraints that could affect today's . launch will be actually after our t0 . mark weather team is continuing to . monitor these anvil clouds but as of . right now no constraints for today's . mission so overall we continue to be go . from space launch complex 40 at cape . canaveral air force station. 11 years ago dragon was just a design on . a piece of paper but in 2010 spacex . became the first private company to send . a spacecraft to orbit and return it to . earth two years later in 2012 soon after . i started spacex a dragon became the . first privately developed spacecraft to. visit the iss since then we've made a . total of 13 trips to the space station . and we're under contract with nasa for a . total of 20 cargo resupply missions we . are currently flying cargo to the space . station but ultimately we will fly . astronauts on crew missions with our. first crew demo mission slated for later. this year our dragon mission today is . conducted in close coordination between . nasa mission control at johnson space . center also known as jsc an on your . screen you're looking at a live view of . mission control at jsc in houston texas. the team at jsc there are monitoring . today's launch as well as coordinating . the activities with our international . partners of the space station dragon is . packed with almost 58 hundred pounds of . research crew supplies and hardware . headed to the iss and it's six crew . members let's take a quick closer look . at what we have onboard dragon today . spacex's 14th commercial resupply . mission to the international space . station will mark the first opportunity . of 2018 to replenish this us national . laboratory and low-earth orbit with new . and exciting research let's learn more . about some of the featured . investigations and facilities that are . destined to station as part of this . mission. 490 biotech will examine anti-cancer . therapeutics through a novel. bioluminescent kit this research could . have far-reaching impacts on the drug . development process to include the . timing of when therapeutics come to . market to student investigations as part . of the teens in space flight competition . we'll be evaluating various dna. experiments aboard the space station . students from across the country have . the ability to submit dna amplification . experiments through this program which . is sponsored by the boeing company the . materials international space station . experiments flight facility or missy was . developed by alpha space this exciting . facility will enable academic commercial. and other government agencies the . ability to put materials experiments on . the outside of the space station. exposing these experiments to the . extreme environment of space the multi . use variable gravity platform developed . by tech shot includes two internal . terrace holes that simultaneously. produce artificial gravity this facility . can be used to conduct research in space . with a wide variety of sample types a . cube satellite mission developed in. partnership with nanoracks. both focus efforts on the ability to . remove debris in low-earth orbit the . mission will deploy two cube sets as . artificial debris targets to demonstrate . technologies such as net capture harpoon . capture and vision based navigation this . mission provides an assortment of. research on space station that will . benefit life on earth and will also . bring new facilities to the . international space station to further . enhance our capabilities in low-earth . orbit and we wish our partners at nasa . spacex and all of our principal . investigators the best of luck for a . great year of research in 2018 . follow at iss underscore research on. twitter for more information about the . science happening on station along with . riaan cargo to the iss an equally . important function of dragon is to . return back experiments dragon is the . only operational spacecraft capable of . returning significant amount of cargo to . earth the good news is dragon has given . us the thumbs up it is vehicle is ready . to go to space and with just under side . to minute 2 minutes and 40 seconds in . today's mission falcon 9 has finished. topping off its propellant loading we've . begun we've wiggled our our engines . doing the thrust vector control checks . on both our brooklyn merlin vacuum . engines as well as the 9 merlin engines . at the base bringing us into t-minus one . minute we're falcon 9 will enter into . start-up the rocket will take control of . the countdown at the at t-minus one . minute mark so we're gonna go silent . over here on the webcast and let you . listen in to these final two minutes of . today's mission . stayed to lock slow just closed out . vulcan amazon internal power . miko's and self-aligned . gasps closeouts . fgf is ready for launch falcon 9 isn't . startup ground guess closeouts dragon is . gonna start up . large directors go for lunch . [applause]. you guys have 10 seconds recognized can . be depicted okay nine eight seven six . to . falcon 9 i

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