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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #100 on: 11/07/2023 02:13 am »
An overly inclined arm is not needed here as the tower is custom built for optimal Cargo Dragon and Crew Dragon access unlike the 39A FSS CAA which has to compensate for using an existing structure from previous programmes. The SLC-40 CAA is not inclined at all. The CAA in how it attaches to the SLC-40 CAT is considerably different. Next for installation is the slidewire CES.
CAA = Crew Access Arm
CAT = Crew Access Tower
CES = Crew Escape System
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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #101 on: 11/07/2023 02:32 am »
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CAA = Crew Access Arm
CAT = Crew Access Tower
CES = Crew Escape System

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #102 on: 11/07/2023 05:11 am »

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #103 on: 11/07/2023 07:30 pm »
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1721983986883305641

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Adding a @SpaceX crew arm for @NASA astronauts at launch pad 40

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #104 on: 11/07/2023 10:29 pm »
Elsewhere, this question was posed:

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... a question that I've had for a long time: Is the CAA level to the ground when mounted to the tower, (meaning 0 degree incline from the attach point to the Dragon access hatch)?  All the photos and vids I've seen of the CAA at 39B (sic) 39A look like there is an incline that the astros must walk up in order to access the Dragon.  Are my eyes deceiving me? If not, then why the incline?

It's certainly been discussed here plenty, perhaps even in this thread.  The FSS at LC-39A has discrete levels -- floor altitudes like 195 feet, 205 feet, 215 feet.  The Dragon hatch is at some other altitude that doesn't perfectly match the FSS levels -- I'd guess about 207 feet or something like that.  Hence 1) elevator to 195, 2) stairs to 205, and 3) ramp to 207.

EDIT: here's a post from 2018, during the original CAA install, discussing the incline.  (found via this search)

We're about to find out if the CAA at LC-40 will have a similar incline.

Thank you ChrisC! Much appreciated, and it all makes great sense.

*edited my original post to show the correct pad for the original SpaceX CAA.
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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #105 on: 11/08/2023 03:26 am »
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https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1722092614533718300

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Sunset at Space Launch Complex 40 with newly installed crew access arm. Falcon 9 is vertical for tonight's launch of @Starlink satellites

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #106 on: 11/08/2023 03:35 am »
https://twitter.com/spaceabhi/status/1722098148179689583

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Amazing. I spent many late nights at this pad. Beautiful to see this transformation from the early days. It's come a long way from the reclamation project it kind of started as.

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #107 on: 11/12/2023 11:41 pm »

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #108 on: 11/23/2023 03:24 am »
https://spacenews.com/starliner-on-track-for-april-crewed-test-flight/

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… McAlister confirmed that SpaceX and Axiom Space are in discussions about launching the Ax-3 private astronaut mission from ... SLC-40 where SpaceX is completing construction of a crew and cargo access tower. Ax-3 is scheduled to launch as soon as Jan. 10, and going from SLC-40 would allow Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 lunar lander mission to launch Jan. 12 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A,
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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #109 on: 12/12/2023 07:00 am »
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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #110 on: 12/21/2023 03:31 pm »
Looks like Axiom 3 won’t be the first SLC-40 crewed mission:

https://twitter.com/axiom_space/status/1737869807045812366

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#Ax3 is now targeted to launch to the @Space_Station NET Jan. 17 from LC-39A at @NASAKennedy in #Florida.

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #111 on: 02/01/2024 08:51 pm »
https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1753151972503629865

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SpaceX is working with researchers to develop and fly critical science on Dragon, helping to advance humanity’s ability to live and work in space →

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #112 on: 02/26/2024 07:19 am »
Per the Crew 8 Post FRR teleconference, SpaceX is currently planning on flying this mission from SLC-40. They said it could move back to LC-39A depending on how preparations go.

They also said that the plan is for pad 40 to be available for crewed launches by Crew-9 later this year.

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #113 on: 02/27/2024 04:20 am »


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SpaceX is closing in on certifying its launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 to support astronaut and cargo missions with its second-generation Dragon spacecraft. On Monday, Feb. 26, the company performed a test of its new emergency egress system featuring a type of deployable slide.

NASA and SpaceX are aiming to complete certification of the crew access tower ahead of the Commercial Resupply Services 30 (CRS-30) mission set for mid-March. The earliest it could be used for an astronaut mission would be for the Crew-9 flight set for no earlier than August 2024.

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Re: SLC-40 upgrades for Dragon cargo & crew flights
« Reply #114 on: Today at 05:41 am »
From the Crew-8 post launch press conference:

https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/1764527846012137892

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9/9 Walker says they are going through additional testing with the new emergency egress system at SLC-40, but says they've done some testing with people as well.

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