Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-16 (Dragon SpX-16) : December 5, 2018 - UPDATES  (Read 85430 times)

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SpaceX CRS-16 Launch Coverage

Anna Heiney Posted on December 3, 2018

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are slated to lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:38 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 4. This will be the company’s 16th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Follow the countdown on the Launch Blog starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Learn more about the SpaceX CRS-16 mission by going to the mission home page at http://www.nasa.gov/spacex.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/kennedy/2018/12/03/spacex-crs-16-launch-coverage/

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Webcast and Press Kit.
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Robotic Refueling Experiment Heads to Space


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Published on Dec 3, 2018

Technology to make routine refueling of vehicles and satellites in space a reality will be tested on the International Space Station when the Robotic Refueling Mission 3 experiment arrives on the next SpaceX Dragon cargo ship. 



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Delayed to Wednesday:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2018/12/03/spacex-crs-16-now-targeted-for-dec-5/
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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.
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New weather forecast.

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds

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Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Flight Through Precipitation

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ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/03/2018

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Powerup : Today the Robotics ground controllers powered up the MSS and positioned the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) in preparation for the crew offset grapples practice. The crew practiced several times flying SSRMS into the grapple envelope of the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF) for training/familiarization in preparation of SpX-16 capture. After the crew completed their practice, ground controllers maneuvered SSRMS back at Rendezvous (RDV) Park, in position for the Dragon capture day December 6.

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SpaceX CRS-16: Weather 90 Percent Favorable for Dec. 5 Launch

Linda Herridge Posted on December 4, 2018

Meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing predict a 90 percent chance of favorable weather for liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the company’s 16th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 5 at 1:16 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. On launch day, the primary weather concern is liftoff winds.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2018/12/04/spacex-crs-16-weather-90-percent-favorable-for-dec-5-launch/

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SpaceX has released an updated press kit. Backup launch opportunity is available on Friday, December 7 at 12:28 PM EST (17:28 UTC). No other significant changes in the new press kit.
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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Photo from SpaceX website (taken this morning according to meta data in file)

Edit to add: SpaceX have now changed their image
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https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/1070314649818664966

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#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
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Nice F9 close-up (if you expand image on twitter can see all of F9 & Dragon)

https://twitter.com/Mike_Seeley/status/1070313031534559234

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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)
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Launch Day Arrives for SpaceX CRS-16

Linda Herridge Posted on December 5, 2018

Liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is targeted for 1:16 p.m. EST today. Countdown activities are in progress at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where the rocket awaits launch on the company’s 16th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.

CRS-16 is the sixth resupply mission to the space station, and the fourth resupply mission for SpaceX this year.

Be sure to join us here on the blog and on NASA Television beginning at 12:45 p.m. for updates from the countdown. Learn more about the SpaceX CRS-16 mission by going to the mission home page at http://www.nasa.gov/spacex.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2018/12/05/launch-day-arrives-for-spacex-crs-16/

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Usual excellent close-up shots from Tom Cross (a small 50 is visible on the booster on the last image):

https://twitter.com/_TomCross_/status/1070336095475384321

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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
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Some cargo details:

https://twitter.com/AltiusSpace/status/1070357768610017281

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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.

https://twitter.com/AltiusSpace/status/1070359155054010368

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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.

https://twitter.com/rocketrepreneur/status/1070361235588231168

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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

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