SpaceX CRS-16 Pre-launch News Conference http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6645
NASA and SpaceX are now targeting Wednesday, Dec. 5 for launch of the 16th SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The launch was moved to Wednesday after mold was found on food bars for a rodent investigation prior to handover to SpaceX. Teams will use the extra day to replace the food bars. The launch time for Wednesday is 1:16 p.m. EST.
Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%Primary concern(s): Flight Through Precipitation
#SpaceX is poised to launch thousands of pounds of cargo to the International Space Station atop a new #Falcon9 rocket and previously-flown Dragon capsule at 1:16 P.M. EST today. Here's images from my visit to SLC-40 to set up remote cameras this morning. #CRS16
Standing tall, ready to fly: That's the #spacex #Falcon9 rocket ready for launch at 1:16pm (ET) today with the #CRS16 mission carrying supplies to the @Space_Station. (Pic: me / @WeReportSpace)
A brand new Block 5 Falcon 9 is a rarity. Booster 1050 will be launching a preflown Dragon capsule full of science and mice 🐭to the ISS today at 1:16pm ET and then touching down at LZ1. Weather is perfect & 90% go 🚀 @NASA @SpaceX @Teslarati #CRS16 #nasa #falcon9
About 0.5kg of that cargo is the alpha-version of our MagTag modular plug-and-play interface for satellite servicing. This is a magnetically latched power/data connector for small satellites enabling them to be diagnosed, repaired, upgraded, or have payloads swapped on-orbit.
We're currently building a beta-version of the MagTags that we'll be delivering to @NASA_Langley at the end of our Phase I, that has more than double the gripping force, locating pins that can handle much bigger misalignments, and a more flightlike electrical data connector.
It's kind of funny. This was our first time ever trying to deliver hardware to NASA during an SBIR Phase I (which many companies treat as 6 month paper studies). When we started in July, I wasn't expecting to deliver a prototype *and* have one on ISS before the end of the Phase I