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CRS-29 Discussion thread.

Launching 10 November 2023, 01:28 UTC (9 Nov 8:28 pm EST) from KSC LC-39A.
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SFN Launch Schedule, updated August 20:
Launch 1 November, from KSC LC-39A, first stage ASDS recovery.
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ILLUMA-T is launching as a payload on SpaceX’s 29th Commercial Resupply Services mission for NASA. In the first two weeks after its launch, ILLUMA-T will be removed from the Dragon spacecraft’s trunk for installation on the station’s Japanese Experiment Module-Exposed Facility (JEM-EF), also known as “Kibo” — meaning “hope” in Japanese.

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CRS-29 will also be bringing up AWE (the Atmospheric Waves Experiment):

https://blogs.nasa.gov/awe/2023/03/10/awe-set-to-launch-in-december/

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NASA’s Atmospheric Waves Experiment, or AWE, is set to launch in November 2023. From its perch aboard the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth, AWE will study atmospheric gravity waves to better understand how they transport energy into Earth’s upper atmosphere and affect space weather.

Gravity waves, also known as buoyancy waves, are a common phenomenon that connect the lower and upper atmospheric regions by transporting heat and momentum upwards. They’re created near Earth’s surface by atmospheric disturbances such as air flowing over mountains and severe weather like thunderstorms and tropical cyclones. These different sources produce gravity waves with very different sizes and speeds that, up until now, have been very difficult to measure comprehensively from space with one instrument.

AWE’s two-year mission will, for the first time, remotely measure a broad range of sizes and speeds of gravity waves as they travel through the atmosphere, 50 miles above Earth’s surface. These measurements will provide new information about the sources of gravity waves, how they travel, and how they vary with the seasons. By better understanding the physics of gravity waves, scientists will better understand – and be better equipped to forecast – key processes affecting atmospheric weather, space weather, and climate.

AWE should be going to ELC-1 and replacing STP-H5 on FRAM 3. I'll be interested to see where ILLUMA-T goes on the JEM-EF, since pretty much every slot is taken at the moment.

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I read on the Wikipedia page for Dragon v2 that SpX-29 will use spacecraft C211.2.

Do we/they have a source?  Or is this an extrapolation of the current three Cargo Dragon rotation? (C208/209/211)
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I read on the Wikipedia page for Dragon v2 that SpX-29 will use spacecraft C211.2.

Do we/they have a source?  Or is this an extrapolation of the current three Cargo Dragon rotation? (C208/209/211)

It's in the image in the post right above yours. 👀

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I read on the Wikipedia page for Dragon v2 that SpX-29 will use spacecraft C211.2.

Do we/they have a source?  Or is this an extrapolation of the current three Cargo Dragon rotation? (C208/209/211)
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I read on the Wikipedia page for Dragon v2 that SpX-29 will use spacecraft C211.2.

Do we/they have a source?  Or is this an extrapolation of the current three Cargo Dragon rotation? (C208/209/211)

It's in the image in the post right above yours. 👀
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NextSpaceflight (Updated September 24th)
Launch NET November 1st, 2023 at ~05:00 UTC
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/5346
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https://twitter.com/nasakennedy/status/1707871483861590226

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Media accreditation is now open for @SpaceX’s 29th commercial resupply mission for @NASA to the @Space_Station.

Launch is scheduled for no earlier than Nov. 1 from Launch Complex 39A.

Learn more:

https://www.nasa.gov/news-release/nasa-invites-media-to-upcoming-spacex-resupply-launch-to-space-station/

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NASA Invites Media to Upcoming SpaceX Resupply Launch to Space Station

Abbey A. Donaldson
SEP 29, 2023
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Media accreditation is open through Oct. 18, 2023, for SpaceX’s 29th commercial resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station.

Media accreditation is open for SpaceX’s 29th commercial resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station.

Liftoff of the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket is targeted no earlier than Wednesday, Nov. 1, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Media prelaunch and launch activities will take place at NASA Kennedy. Attendance for this launch is open to U.S. citizens. The application deadline for U.S. media is 11:59 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 18.

All accreditation requests should be submitted online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

Credentialed media will receive a confirmation email upon approval. NASA’s media accreditation policy is available here. For questions about accreditation, or to request special logistical needs, please email [email protected]. For other questions, please contact Kennedy’s newsroom at: 321-867-2468.

Para obtener información sobre cobertura en español en el Centro Espacial Kennedy o si desea solicitar entrevistas en español, comuníquese con Antonia Jaramillo at: [email protected] or 321-501-8425.

SpaceX’s Dragon will deliver new science investigations, food, supplies, and equipment to the international crew. The research includes work to understand interactions between weather on Earth and space, and laser communications. NASA’s Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) will study atmospheric gravity waves –powerful waves formed by weather disturbances on Earth such as strong thunderstorms or brewing hurricanes – to understand the flow of energy through Earth’s upper atmosphere and space. Another experiment – Integrated Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Low-Earth-Orbit User Modem and Amplifier Terminal – (ILLUMA-T) aims to test high data rate laser communications from the space station to Earth. This will complete NASA’s first two-way, end-to-end laser relay system by sending high-resolution data to the agency’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration, which launched in December 2021.

Other investigations that will launch with the resupply mission include ESA’s (European Space Agency) Aquamembrane-3, which will test water filtration using proteins found in nature for water recycling and recovery, and Plant Habitat-06, which will evaluate the effects of spaceflight on plant defense responses using multiple genotypes of tomato.

Commercial resupply by U.S. companies significantly increases NASA’s ability to conduct more investigations aboard the orbiting laboratory. These investigations lead to new technologies, medical treatments, and products that improve life on Earth. Other U.S. government agencies, private industry, and academic and research institutions can also conduct microgravity research through the agency’s partnership with the International Space Station National Laboratory.

Humans have occupied the space station continuously since November 2000. In that time, 273 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft have visited the orbital outpost. It remains the springboard to NASA’s next great leap in exploration, including future missions to the Moon under Artemis, and ultimately, human exploration of Mars.

For more information about commercial resupply missions, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialresupply

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https://twitter.com/nasalasercomm/status/1708157904610840734

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This may look like an ordinary box, but it actually contains ILLUMA-T - our next laser comm demo!

ILLUMA-T just arrived at @SpaceX’s Dragon Land for integration prior to its launch to the @Space_Station on CRS-29. 🐉🚀
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RTLS for this mission:

Ben Cooper (Updated September 30th)
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A Falcon 9 will launch the CRS-29 resupply mission to the ISS from pad 39A on November 1 around 1 a.m. EDT. The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch.
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November 3/4 Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 29
Launch time: 11:49 p.m. EDT (0349 UTC)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The flight is the 29th mission by SpaceX conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Nov. 1.

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The first stage will land back at the Cape about eight minutes after launch.

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The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Possible confusion about recovery because SpaceX has filed for both RTLS and droneship options for this launch. For the record, NXSF lists RTLS.
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=45440.600

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NextSpaceflight (Updated October 17th)
Launch NET November 6th, 2023, at 03:02 UTC
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/5346

[Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 am Sunday, November 5.]
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NASA gives a time one minute earlier, 0301 UTC.  Not sure which is more current, as both updates are from October 17.

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NASA and SpaceX now are targeting no earlier than 10:01 p.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 5, for the launch of the company’s 29th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. The date shift takes into account required time for teams to complete pad readiness after the agency’s Psyche launch on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, which lifted off on October 13 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2023/10/17/research-robotics-and-spacesuits-top-schedule-as-spacewalk-times-adjusted/

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03:01 vs 03:02 UTC could be truncation vs rounding.

Edit October 18: NextSpaceflight listing now conforms to NASA blog post.
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https://www.nasa.gov/news-release/join-nasa-to-discuss-high-rate-laser-comms-demo-space-station-science/

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Join NASA to Discuss High-Rate Laser Comms Demo, Space Station Science

Claire A. O'Shea
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OCT 20, 2023
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NASA Headquarters

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 26, to discuss a laser communications system and new research to understand the interactions between weather on Earth and in space. The investigations are two of many research and technology experiments bound for the International Space Station next month aboard the agency’s SpaceX 29th commercial resupply services mission.

Audio of the media call will stream live at:

https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Launch is targeted for no earlier than 10:01 p.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 5. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, carried on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket, will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The mission will carry scientific research, technology demonstrations, crew supplies, and hardware to the space station to support its Expedition 70 crew, including NASA’s Integrated Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Low Earth Orbit User Modem and Amplifier Terminal (ILLUMA-T) and Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE).

To ask questions during the teleconference, media must RSVP no later than two hours before the event to Claire O’Shea at claire.a.o’[email protected]. NASA’s media accreditation policy is available online. The public can submit questions on social media using #AskNASA.

David Brady, associate program scientist for the International Space Station Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will provide an overview of the research and technology launching aboard the Dragon spacecraft.

Other teleconference participants include:

Dr. Jason Mitchell, director for the Advanced Communications and Navigation Technologies Division in the Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Program, Space Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington
Glenn Jackson, acting project manager for ILLUMA-T, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
David Cheney, program executive for the Heliophysics Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Jeff Forbes, deputy principal investigator for AWE, University of Colorado, Boulder

Once installed on the station’s exterior, ILLUMA-T aims to test high data rate laser communications from the space station to the agency’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration in geosynchronous orbit, which will relay the data to Earth. The system uses invisible infrared light to send and receive information at higher data rates than traditional radio frequency systems. Working together, ILLUMA-T and the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration will complete NASA’s first two-way laser communications relay system.

Also installed on the station’s exterior, AWE will use an infrared imaging instrument to measure the characteristics, distribution, and movement of atmospheric gravity waves, which roll through the Earth’s atmosphere when air is disturbed. Researchers also will look at how atmospheric gravity waves contribute to space weather, which affects space-based and ground-based communications, navigation, and tracking systems. Increased insight into atmospheric gravity waves could improve understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, weather, and climate and development of ways to mitigate the effects of space weather.

Goddard manages ILLUMA-T in partnership with Johnson and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory for SCaN. As a Mission of Opportunity, AWE is under NASA’s Heliophysics Explorers Program. The program is managed by Goddard for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate.

The International Space Station continues to advance scientific knowledge in Earth, space, physical, and biological sciences for the benefit of people living on our home planet. The station also is the world’s leading laboratory where researchers conduct cutting-edge research and technology development that will enable human and robotic exploration of destinations beyond low Earth orbit, including the Moon and Mars. 

Learn more about the space station, including research and technology at:

https://www.nasa.gov/station

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A thought:
Will a Starlink Group 6 launch (6-27) be delayed until after this launch, to allow complete post-launch Falcon 9 data analysis?  At the current SLC-40 Starlink launch cadence, these two launches would occur near the same time, but different launch complexes.  The ISS supply flight would take precedence.
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Starlink 6-25   Oct 28 UTC
Starlink 6-26   ~Nov 1
Starlink 6-27   ~Nov 5 > ~Nov 7?
SpX-29             Nov 6, LZ-1
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