Author Topic: SpaceX F9/Dragon 2 : CRS2 SpX-26 : KSC LC-39A : 26 November 2022 (19:20 UTC)  (Read 81369 times)

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NASA Invites Public to SpaceX’s 26th Commercial Resupply Mission

Linda Herridge Posted on November 17, 2022

The public is invited to take part in virtual activities and events ahead of launch of SpaceX’s 26th commercial resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station. Liftoff is targeted for 4:19 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 21 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX’s Dragon will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew, including the next pair of International Space Station Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs), which will augment existing power supplies to the station. The mission also will carry a study to grow dwarf tomatoes to help create a continuous fresh-food production system in space, as well as an experiment that tests an on-demand method to create specific quantities of key nutrients.

Members of the public can register to attend the launch virtually. The virtual guest program for this launch includes curated launch resources, timely mission updates, and a virtual guest passport stamp following a successful launch.

Countdown commentary will begin on NASA Television at 3:45 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 21, and be carried on the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, and NASA’s App.

Members of the public can also share in the journey through activities, including:

Virtual Launch Passport

Print, fold, and get ready to fill your virtual passport. Stamps will be emailed following launch.

Science in Space

Check out the research and science experiments catching a ride to the space station.

Watch, Engage on Social Media

Stay connected with the mission on social media and let people know you’re following it on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtags #Dragon and #CRS26. Follow and tag these accounts:

Twitter: @NASA, @Space_Station
Facebook: NASA, ISS Facebook
Instagram: NASA, ISS Instagram

For NASA’s launch blog and more information about the mission, visit:https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex-crs-26/.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex-crs-26/2022/11/17/nasa-invites-public-to-spacexs-26th-commercial-resupply-mission/

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Educational CubeSats Set to Launch to the Space Station

Danielle Sempsrott Posted on November 18, 2022

Four small, shoebox-sized satellites are being prepared to launch to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) 49 mission. The small satellites, called CubeSats, will study a range of topics – from satellite communication methods to space weather to testing technology for robotic assembly of large telescopes.

The CubeSats will hitch a ride on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft set to deliver additional science, crew supplies, and hardware to the station during the company’s 26th commercial resupply services mission for NASA. Launch is targeted at 4:19 p.m. EST from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Satellite Communications

The first U.S. high school to send a CubeSat to space back in 2013, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s Research and Education Vehicle for Evaluating Radio Broadcasts satellite aims to study the use of iridium as a primary radio communication method. Additionally, the satellite will demonstrate using a passive magnet onboard and the Earth’s magnetic field for stabilization rather than using an attitude determination and control system for pointing accuracy and stabilization for iridium. What makes this satellite even more notable is that it was a system’s engineering project. The students selected space-grade parts, wired the electronics for the satellite, wrote the drivers to control the different systems, and coded the flight software.

“What’s special about TJREVERB isn’t necessarily the mission, it’s what we did. These kids literally built a satellite the way the industry would build a satellite; we selected parts from vendors and got those parts to work together,” said Kristen Kucko, robotics lab director and the school’s space faculty advisor. “This is an engineering feat.”

Structure Testing

The University of Michigan’s Measurement of Actuator Response In Orbit (MARIO) is a technology demonstration that will show how test structures made of a piezoelectric material – a type of material that bends when electricity is applied and can also generate electricity when bent – perform in low-Earth orbit. This will allow the spacecraft to bend or move without any rotating parts and could one day be used to point and adjust telescope mirrors more accurately.

Space Weather

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Plasma Enhancement in The Ionosphere-Thermosphere Satellite (petitSat) will study density irregularities in the Earth’s ionosphere – a tiny fraction of the atmosphere made of plasma, or ionized gas. During long distance radio communication, the ionosphere reflects radio waves back to Earth. Disturbances in the upper atmosphere can change the shape of the ionosphere, creating a funhouse mirror effect and distorting these radio waves. The mission will use two instruments to measure the structure and motion of plasma in the ionosphere resulting from these changes in the upper atmosphere to better understand how these affect satellite communications.

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Scintillation Prediction Observations Research Task (SPORT) will also look to the ionosphere to study space weather. The joint mission between the U.S. and Brazil will examine the formation of plasma bubbles, which sometimes scatter radio signals. Understanding how these bubbles are formed and how their evolution impacts communication signals can help scientists improve the reliability of communication and navigation systems.

“The more we learn about space weather – and how to predict it – the better we can protect our astronauts, spacecraft, and technology,” said Shelia Nash-Stevenson, SPORT project manager.

All of these were selected through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI), which provides U.S. educational institutions, nonprofits with an education/outreach component, informal educational institutions (museums and science centers), and NASA centers with access to space at a low cost. Once the CubeSat selections are made, NASA’s Launch Services Program works to pair them with a launch that is best suited to carry them as auxiliary payloads, taking into account the planned orbit and any constraints the CubeSat missions may have.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex-crs-26/2022/11/18/educational-cubesats-set-to-launch-to-the-space-station/

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Which SpaceX recovery vessel or vessels will be used for this launch?

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Which SpaceX recovery vessel or vessels will be used for this launch?

Unsure, but being honest I don’t think this launches until at least Friday of next week looking at weather.

The 45th also has yet to release an L-3 report.
« Last Edit: 11/18/2022 06:07 pm by RocketLover0119 »
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https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1593695894863597576

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NASA kicks off the SpX-26 prelaunch briefing by announcing the launch is now scheduled for Tuesday, a one-day slip.

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Launch now targeted for 3:54 EST Nov. 22  (20:54 UTC)

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https://twitter.com/alteredjamie/status/1593696454647971840

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NASA has just announced that the SpaceX CRS-26 mission is now targeted for Tuesday, November 22 with liftoff slated for 3:54 p.m. ET.
Cargo Dragon docking is now slated for 11/23 at 6:30 a.m. ET.

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Well about time...
https://twitter.com/Alexphysics13/status/1593699575461990400

At the risk of repeating a movie line... it's not entirely true. I'm still hearing a 5th crew capsule is under construction at Hawthorne. Whether they decide to move ahead with full build of it could be different of course but I suspect they'd like to have an extra one around that is just not long from finished so they can put it in the fleet in a "just in case" scenario.

We'll see though, not the same certification requirements for crew or cargo so re-certification may be harder past 5 flights for crew capsules than cargo. All of this is of course not really related to Crew-5...

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twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1593700511387373568

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Backup launch dates for the missions are Nov. 26 and 27. The Falcon 9 itself is “healthy”, Walker says, after another Falcon 9 from Vandenberg was delayed.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1593701618909954049

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Walker says this mission will be the final new cargo Dragon; one more Crew Dragon is planned to enter service around 2024.

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The meteorologist said that the weather outlook is not good for Nov. 23.  SpaceX indicated that the next launch opportunity would probably be Nov. 26.  No one asked about the effect of this kind of launch slip on US EVA's 82 and 83.

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Near the end it was said that SpaceX is hoping to get “the vast majority of the components” of the Crew Dragons up to “about 15 flights”.
The one stated example of reused elements that might NOT make it to 15 flights was the parachutes, and even that dependent on post-flight inspections.
With four capsules and 15 flights each thats a fleet service life of 60 flights.  If SpaceX completes that fifth capsule it’s 75 flights.
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What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Near the end it was said that SpaceX is hoping to get “the vast majority of the components” of the Crew Dragons up to “about 15 flights”.
The one stated example of reused elements that might NOT make it to 15 flights was the parachutes, and even that dependent on post-flight inspections.
With five capsules and 15 flights each thats a fleet service life of 75 flights.

Just to add to this, it was also said that currently both cargo and crew Dragons are certified with NASA for 5 flights, but SpaceX are looking to work with NASA to significantly increase that. No number was put on that target NASA increased certification, other than SpaceX is assuring components as high as 15.
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NASA, SpaceX Target New Launch Date for Next Commercial Cargo Mission

Linda Herridge Posted on November 18, 2022

NASA and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than 3:54 p.m. EST Tuesday, Nov. 22, for the launch of the agency’s CRS-26 mission to the International Space Station with a backup opportunity on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:20 p.m. EST. The cargo ship will automatically dock to the forward port on the station’s Harmony module at 5:57 a.m. on Wednesday. Dragon is delivering new space agriculture and biotechnology studies, as well as the next pair of rollout solar arrays to augment the station’s power generation system. NASA TV, on the agency’s app and website, begins its launch coverage at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and docking coverage at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex-crs-26/2022/11/18/nasa-spacex-target-new-launch-date-for-next-commercial-cargo-mission/

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Space-grown tomatoes, solar panels you can roll out like a rug, and a new type of orbiting medical kit—these are just a few of the many @ISS_Research tests we're sending to the @Space_Station on next week's @SpaceX #CRS26 resupply mission:

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1593713656990154753

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https://twitter.com/spacex/status/1593725463976738817

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Targeting Tuesday, November 22 at 3:54 p.m. ET for Falcon 9’s launch of Dragon’s 26th commercial resupply mission to the @space_station → http://spacex.com/launches/crs-26

https://www.spacex.com/launches/crs-26/index.html

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SpaceX is targeting Tuesday, November 22 for Falcon 9’s launch of Dragon’s 26th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-26) mission to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instantaneous launch window is at 3:54 p.m. ET (20:54 UTC), and a backup launch opportunity is available on Saturday, November 26 at 2:20 p.m. ET (19:20 UTC), pending range approval.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will land on the Just Read the Instructions droneship in the Atlantic Ocean. This is the first flight of the Dragon spacecraft supporting this mission.

Dragon will autonomously dock with the space station on Wednesday, November 23 at approximately 6:30 a.m. ET (11:30 UTC).

A live webcast of this mission will begin about 25 minutes prior to liftoff.
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Reason for the delay was a coolant leak into the crew cabin:

https://twitter.com/SpcPlcyOnline/status/1593704736632369152
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