Author Topic: SpaceX F9/Crew Dragon : Axiom-3 : KSC LC-39A : 18 January 2024 (21:49 UTC)  (Read 131229 times)

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Space quiz time! Can you guess what I've got on my hands?

A. A buoy for splashdown
B. A tank for air supply
C. R2-D2

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If you chose B, you got it right!

This type of tank is used to transport oxygen and nitrogen to the @Space_Station, and it is called the Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS). The gases are stored inside under high pressure, more than double what you might find in scuba diving tanks.

Here I am training to configure the tank as an emergency air supply tank.

This air supply is vital for the crew – it provides breathing gases for the Station’s atmosphere. The emergency air supply configuration is used if we would have a toxic atmosphere event on orbit.

https://twitter.com/astro_marcus/status/1732743812223500614



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There are no bad views from Florida's historic launch pad 39A!

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Circumstantial evidence for launch from LC-39A?
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https://www.nasa.gov/news-release/nasa-to-participate-in-next-private-astronaut-mission-news-conference/

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NASA to Participate in Next Private Astronaut Mission News Conference

Roxana Bardan
DEC 08, 2023
RELEASE
M23-145
NASA Headquarters
Johnson Space Center

NASA experts will join a virtual news conference hosted by Axiom Space at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 13, to discuss the launch of Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3), the third private astronaut mission to the International Space Station.

The Ax-3 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is targeted no earlier than January 2024 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

During the mission, which includes about 14 days aboard the space station, the four-person multi-national crew will complete more than 30 research experiments developed for microgravity in collaboration with organizations across the globe.

Briefing participants are:

Joel Montalbano, manager, International Space Station Program, NASA
Angela Hart, manager, Commercial Low Earth Orbit Development Program, NASA
Matt Ondler, president, Axiom Space
Michael López-Alegría, chief astronaut and Ax-3 commander, Axiom Space
Sarah Walker, director, Dragon Mission Management, SpaceX
Col. Valerio Anastasi, chief of space programs and capabilities office, Italian Air Force
Yusuf Kıraç, president, TUA (Turkish Space Agency)
Frank De Winne, head of the European astronaut center, ESA (European Space Agency)
Media must register for the mission overview news conference by 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, at:

https://bit.ly/46J3Q5T

In addition to former NASA astronaut López-Alegría commanding the private mission, Walter Villadei of Italy will serve as pilot. The two mission specialists are Alper Gezeravci of Turkey and ESA (European Space Agency) project astronaut Marcus Wandt of Sweden.

NASA’s goal is to enable a strong, commercial marketplace in low Earth orbit where the agency is one of many customers for private industry. The agency recently released its third request for information with proposed requirements for commercial space station services and awarded agreements to advance additional capabilities.

Learn how NASA is fostering a robust commercial low Earth orbit economy at:

https://www.nasa.gov/humans-in-space/commercial-space/

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The astronaut crew for Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) to the International Space Station. From left to right, Ax-3 crew members are Michael López-Alegría, Axiom Space’s chief astronaut, Walter Villadei, an Italian Air Force colonel and pilot for the mission, Mission Specialist Alper Gezeravci from Türkiye, and ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt.
Credits: Axiom Space

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https://www.axiomspace.com/news/ax3-esa-jaxa-training

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December 6, 2023
Ax-3 Crew Completes Training at ESA, JAXA for Upcoming Mission to ISS
Ax-3 Mission

Astronaut training with international partners is an indispensable component of the preparation required for Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3), as the crew gears up for their mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in January 2024. Sharing living quarters and collaborative workspaces with NASA astronauts and those from various international partner nations necessitates a deep understanding of the space station's systems and operations.

Both the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) along with the Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS) provided highly specialized training programs to ensure the Ax-3 crew is fully equipped to function seamlessly within the multinational framework of the ISS. This training was pivotal in guaranteeing that the Ax-3 astronauts can effectively and successfully carry out the assigned mission tasks in the ISS modules.

ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC), located in Cologne, Germany, hosts astronaut training programs that cover a broad spectrum of subjects essential for ISS operation. These topics include but are not limited to robotics, emergency response procedures, and space science. Collaborating closely with the ESA training team, and with the support of the Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company (ALTEC), the Ax-3 crew completed supplementary training that delved into the intricacies of the Columbus module. This module, Europe's contribution to the ISS, serves as a versatile laboratory for interdisciplinary research conducted in microgravity.

Over at JAXA's Tsukuba Space Center in Japan, the Ax-3 crew engaged in rigorous training sessions with astronaut trainers from JAXA and JAMSS. The focus was to learn how to operate in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), known as Kibō. The training regimen encompassed honing technical skills related to space research and acquiring an in-depth understanding of the JEM module's capabilities.

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(Right) Ax-3 backup Tuva Atasever, Mission Specialist Alper Gezeravcı, and Mission Specialist Marcus Wandt (Left) at Tsukuba Space Center in Japan.

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Ax-3 Mission Specialist Alper Gezeravcı and backup Tuva Atasever at ESA training in Cologne, Germany.

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NET January 11th at ~00:00 UTC:

Ben Cooper (Updated December 9th)
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A Falcon 9 will launch the Axiom-3 crew mission to the International Space Station from pad 40 on January 10 around 7 p.m. EST.
https://www.launchphotography.com/Launch_Viewing_Guide.html

Edit to add:

NextSpaceflight (Updated December 9th)
Launch NET January 11th, 2024, at 01:13 UTC
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/6790
« Last Edit: 12/09/2023 06:27 pm by GewoonLukas_ »
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Don't you love equipment that makes you look smart? 😜

Ok, I guess I should make a quiz out of this. What do you think my awesome shades are for?

A. Tear collection for science on body fluids.
B. Protection for the eyes when working in areas subject to sudden pressure fluctuations.
C. Eye washing in the case of hazardous fluids or foreign objects in the eyes.

https://twitter.com/astro_marcus/status/1734126111406150107


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Here is a special message from @astro_marcus to the @NobelPrize audience about the passion for knowledge and exploration 🤩

Over to you, @Astro_Andreas!

#Muninn

https://twitter.com/esaspaceflight/status/1734213439558389990

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twitter.com/spcplcyonline/status/1734959258599350561

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As Axiom/NASA telecon on AX-3 mission, NASA's Joel Montalbano says targeted launch is Jan 9, 2024 at 8:18 pm ET. Dock on Jan 11 at 5:15 am ET. 14 docked days.

https://twitter.com/spcplcyonline/status/1734960160638914752

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SpaceX's Sarah Walker says they haven't decided if they will use KSC's Launch Complex 39A or CCSFS's SLC-40 for this launch. 39A will remain priority for crew launches, but with all the demand, really great to soon have a second pad that can also launch crew.

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During the time we will spend on the International Space Station, we will use different cameras and video cameras to capture our daily lives, the visual records that our experiments will need, and of course the unique beauty of the Earth. We received extensive lessons both in the classroom and inside the ISS model for these shots, which can be carried out in dozens of different settings and using dozens of different lenses.

On the one hand, we learned about the hardware, software and different operational modes of various cameras we will use, and on the other hand, we took some very fun photos. We are ready to share wonderful images from the Space Station with you 🚀

https://twitter.com/AstroTuva/status/1734947728231166298

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Mark your calendar 📅, The #Ax3 mission is targeting a launch date no earlier than Jan. 9, 2024. Lifting off from Florida, our all-European crew will fly on a @SpaceX  Dragon to @Space_Station.

https://twitter.com/Axiom_Space/status/1734953317749395565

https://spacenews.com/spacex-yet-to-select-launch-pad-for-next-axiom-space-private-astronaut-mission/[Dec 13]

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The launch will use the same Crew Dragon spacecraft (C212 "Freedom") and Falcon 9 booster (B1080-5) as the Ax-2 mission in May, said Sarah Walker, director of Dragon mission management at SpaceX. “Both vehicles are on track with margin to support the Ax-3 launch in early January,” she said.

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A launch date for Marcus Wandt

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ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt from Sweden will travel to the International Space Station on Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) no earlier than January 10 2024, European time.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Ax-3 crew of four astronauts into space from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, after 20:00 ET local time on 9 January, or 01:00 GMT/02:00 CET on January 10. There is three-day window available for launch.

Marcus will fly as a mission specialist on a Dragon spacecraft. The other Axiom 3 crew members are Walter Villadei from Italy and Alper Gezeravcı from Türkiye. They will fly under the command of Michael López-Alegría Marcus, representing both USA and Spain as a dual-citizen.

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Muninn mission patch and name

ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt's first mission to space, Muninn, takes its name from Norse mythology and the two raven accomplices of the god Odin – Muninn and Huginn. Together, the two symbolise the human mind. Huginn is the name of ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen’s Space Station mission.

According to the myth, the ravens serve as messengers and adviso rs to their god, sharing all they see and hear. Muninn comes from the Old Norse word munr, that can be translated as passion and emotion, linking to Marcus’s enthusiasm for spaceflight.

Muninn is depicted gliding around Earth to share the knowledge collected from Marcus’s mission. The dark blue circle represents Earth and includes lighter lines depicting Marcus’s homeland, Sweden. The patch displays the two colours of the Swedish flag – blue and yellow.

The two white stripes next to Muninn’s upper wing refer to the distinctive solar arrays of a space station, Marcus’s future home in space.

The stars resemble a Viking symbol for protection. The stars also remind Marcus of the beauty of snowflakes in cold winter days in Sweden.

The lines originating from Muninn’s lower wing reference supersonic shock waves from jets, Marcus is a test pilot for the Swedish Air Force.

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2023/06/Muninn_mission_patch_and_name

Image credit: ESA–K. Lochtenberg

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https://twitter.com/axiom_space/status/1735298987031224441

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Mealtime on the #ISS is very important. The #Ax3 crew taste tests the menu and learns how to use the special warmers as part of their preparation.

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Mealtime on the #ISS is very important. The #Ax3 crew taste tests the menu and learns how to use the special warmers as part of their preparation.

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At test pilot school, there was this joke (?) about the Golden Arms of the pilot controlling the aircraft. Now I am suddenly equipped with silver arms. Why would we have silver arms on the @Space_Station
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A. Emergency sleeve for leaking space suit gloves.
B. Protection for cleaning hazardous substances.
C. Countermeasure for fluid shift into the extremities due to microgravity.

https://twitter.com/astro_marcus/status/1736329347156308049

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This slips do Mid-January, time TBD:

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

[Updated Dec 17]
« Last Edit: 12/19/2023 06:33 pm by zubenelgenubi »
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Rescue and recovery operations training. #Ax3

https://twitter.com/CommanderMLA/status/1737489903682777193

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