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Title: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/20/2017 07:40 pm
CRS-13 UPDATE thread

NSF Threads for CRS-13 : Discussion (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42775.0) / Updates (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44271.0) / RNDZ, Berthing, ISS Ops (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44455.0) / L2 Coverage November-December (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44111.0) / ASDS (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=66.0) / Party (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=40089.msg1520968#msg1520968)

NSF Articles for CRS-13:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=CRS-13
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=CRS-13
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/12/flight-proven-falcon-9-launch-flown-dragon-iss/
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/12/slc-40-comes-back-with-crs-13-static-fire/
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/12/crs-13-dragon-station-filled-science/
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/01/spacexs-crs-13-dragon-home/

NSF Articles for CRS missions :  https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=CRS (https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=CRS)

Successful launch 15 December at 1036 EST/1536 UTC on Falcon 9 (booster 1035.2) from SLC-40.  First stage landed at LZ-1.



External cargo: Space Debris Sensor, MISSE-FF, TSIS



Other SpaceX resources on NASASpaceflight:
   SpaceX News Articles (Recent) (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/spacex/)  /   SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews) (http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21862.0)
   SpaceX Dragon Articles (http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/dragon/)  /  SpaceX Missions Section (with Launch Manifest and info on past and future missions) (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=55.0)
   L2 SpaceX Section (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=60.0)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/20/2017 07:40 pm
NASA confirms Dec. 4 is still the NET target:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2017/11/20/spacex-crs-13-launch-targeted-no-earlier-than-dec-4/

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L2 has the Static Fire as NET November 29.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/20/2017 07:58 pm
NASA:

13th SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission Will Be Packed with Space Station Research

 

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (November 20, 2017) – The SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle is slated to launch its 13th cargo resupply mission (CRS-13) to the International Space Station no earlier than December from historic Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will carry more than a dozen International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory payloads to conduct research across a variety of areas aimed at improving life on Earth. From plant biology, to technology demonstrations aimed at enhancing bone growth, and more efficient treatments for the diabetic community, this launch will bring new innovative concepts to the microgravity environment of the space station. This launch will culminate a robust year of research on the U.S. National Lab, as more experiments than ever before have reached the orbiting laboratory.

 

Below are highlights of sponsored U.S. National Lab investigations that are part of the SpaceX CRS-13 mission:

 

Assessing Osteoblast Response to Tetranite™

Nikolaos Tapinos, Launchpad Medical (Boston, MA)

 

The goal of this investigation is to explore the ability of Tetranite™, a synthetic bone material capable of adhering bone to metal within minutes to accelerate bone repair. It is well known that microgravity affects bone cell growth and healing, mimicking the symptoms observed in osteoporosis. The investigators seek to evaluate the response of osteoblasts (a bone cell subtype responsible for renewing bones) to Tetranite™. Understanding bone cell-Tetranite™ interactions could provide insight into the post-fracture bone healing response and assist in the development of more effective treatments for patients with osteoporosis. In addition, this cell culture project should provide the basis for follow-on studies of the bone healing response in small rodents.

Hardware Partner: BioServe Space Technologies

 

 

Barley Germination and Malting in Microgravity

Dr. Gary Hanning, Budweiser (Ft. Collins, CO)

 

This project will explore the effects of spaceflight on the germination of strains of an important food crop, barley (Hordeum vulgare), including proprietary strains under development. Observing changes in gene expression and germination after exposure to microgravity contributes to knowledge about how different cultivars (plants of the same species that possess genetic differences) may be better prepared to handle Earth-based stress, such as temperature extremes or water scarcity. An important ingredient for Budweiser, barley is also the 4th largest cereal grain grown in the world and is grown in diverse environments. Studying barley in microgravity may reveal new information regarding the germination process and identify key genes that enable some cultivars to survive in stressful environments.

Hardware Partner: Space Tango

 

Characterizing Arabidopsis Root Attractions-2

Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

 

An extension to the CARA project to: 1) conduct additional molecular analyses of the CARA samples, analyses that can significantly contribute to GeneLab and have been made possible by new advances in RNA isolation from small sample amounts, and 2) collect additional ISS imaging of plates (with no sample return) to extend data from the unique LMM imaging capabilities that were revealed by the initial CARA imaging.

Hardware Partner: Zin Technologies, CASIS

 

Implantable Glucose Biosensers

Michail Kastelloizios, Biorasis (Storrs, CT)

 

This project seeks to improve the accuracy of a wireless, medically implantable continuous glucose biosensor (Glucowizzard™) for day-to-day diabetes management. Slow glucose transport within human tissue (through the capillary walls and surrounding tissue toward the sensing site of the biosensor) can create delays of up to 20 minutes in real-time monitoring of glucose levels. This delay can be detrimental in achieving tight glycemic control, which has been linked to serious secondary complications in patients with diabetes. The International Space Station provides a microgravity environment in which reduced fluid movement allows precise monitoring of the role of diffusion in glucose transport, thus improving the mathematical models that determine the accuracy of the Glucowizzard continuous glucose monitoring biosensor. The World Health Organization projects that the global diabetic population will reach 366 million by 2030. In order to prevent serious health problems, many people with diabetes currently use glucose biosensors that may inaccurately measure their glucose levels prior to self-administering insulin. Biorasis is addressing this critical need by studying fluid movement onboard the International Space Station in order to optimize the Glucowizzard™ continuous glucose monitoring biosensor.

Hardware Partner: Space Tango

 

Implantable Nanochannel System for Delivery of Therapeutics for Muscle Atrophy (Rodent Research-6)

Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, Houston Methodist Research Institute (Houston, TX)

 

An implantable drug delivery system that circumvents the need for daily injections will be tested in a rodent model with microgravity-induced muscle atrophy. Specifically, the drug formoterol, used in the management of asthma and other medical conditions, will be administered by controlled release from a nanochannel implant to achieve a constant and reliable dosage. If successful, this system could serve as a more reliable and accurate technology for drug delivery. In collaboration with Novartis and NanoMedical Systems, this validated system may rapidly translate into a commercial product. Sarcopenia, or muscle wasting, is a condition that affects more than 50% of the geriatric population, however therapeutics used to treat this condition are limited to physical activity or generic hormones. The most commonly used pharmaceutical intervention for sarcopenia is formoterol, but administrating these drugs requires a daily injection, which can be inconvenient. This collaboration between The Houston Methodist Research Institute, Novartis, and NanoMedical Systems plans to develop an implantable device that will safely administer formoterol over a long period of time, without patients needing a daily injection, improving quality of life.

Hardware Partner: BioServe Space Technologies

 

Optical Fiber Production in Microgravity

Michael Snyder, Made In Space (Mountain View, CA)

 

High-performance optical fiber is used extensively for the manufacture of efficient and compact ultraviolet, visible, and infrared fiber lasers due to its low intrinsic loss, wide transparency window, and small phonon energy. This technology enables advances in many different sectors, including medical devices such as laser scalpels and endoscopes, sensors for the aerospace and defense industry, and telecommunications applications. The optical fiber ZBLAN has the potential to far exceed the performance of other fibers in common use. Despite this, the terrestrially produced fiber suffers from physical impurities which contribute to light scattering and absorption loss, reducing performance. Microgravity has been shown to significantly reduce these imperfections, and production of fibers in space may enable not only improved materials but also new frontiers for manufacturing in space.

Hardware Partner: Made In Space

 

SPHERES Tether Slosh

Dr. Hans-Juergen Zachrau, AIRBUS DS Space Systems (Webster, TX)

 

This project will use existing SPHERES hardware to examine the active steering of a passive liquid-containing body in space. The Tether–Slosh experiment combines features of both the Tether–Demo and SPHERES–Slosh experiment into a single investigation utilizing hardware available on‐board International Space Station to conduct the experiment. By placing an acceleration sensor from Airbus DS into the Slosh tank and using an already certified WISENET sensor package, this experiment makes extensive use of resources already on International Space Station to generate data that will inform models for the automated steering of passive objects including disabled satellites. The small satellite market is projected to be valued at $5.32 billion by 2021; software that remotely enables the re-positioning of passive objects in LEO has the potential to expand small satellite use and accelerate satellite market development.

Hardware Partner: AIRBUS DS Space Systems

 

Zaiput Flow Technologies – Galactic Grant

Andrea Adamo, Zaiput Flow Technologies (Boston, MA)

 

This experiment will explore the effects of microgravity on a device for the continuous separation of immiscible liquids as part of continuous flow chemistry approaches. Continuous flow chemistry, the process of performing chemical reactions in a tube or pipe, has many advantages over batch chemistry for some applications, including faster reaction times, separation of reactants from products, quick reaction optimization, easy scale-up, and the integration of typically separate processes. While common separation methods rely on liquid sedimentation, this system has the unique characteristic of relying on surface forces to accomplish liquid-liquid extraction. To serve the needs of chemical production, the device needs to be scaled-up, which requires understanding the effect that gravity and length scales have on the flow path as it relates to separation efficiency.

Hardware Partner: Space Tango

 

“This launch culminates an impressive year of research onboard the International Space Station and the U.S. National Laboratory,” said CASIS Director of Operations Ken Shields. “We thank our launch partners and NASA for the continued support as we look to many more fruitful years of International Space Station utilization and the mounting discoveries that will come from this incredible research facility.”

 

To learn more about these investigations and other station research, visit www.spacestationresearch.com.

 

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About CASIS: The Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is the non-profit organization selected to manage the ISS National Laboratory with a focus on enabling a new era of space research to improve life on Earth. In this innovative role, CASIS promotes and brokers a diverse range of research in life sciences, physical sciences, remote sensing, technology development, and education.

 

Since 2011, the ISS National Lab portfolio has included hundreds of novel research projects spanning multiple scientific disciplines, all with the intention of benefitting life on Earth. Working together with NASA, CASIS aims to advance the nation’s leadership in commercial space, pursue groundbreaking science not possible on Earth, and leverage the space station to inspire the next generation.

 

About the ISS National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the International Space Station as the nation's newest national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low Earth orbit, and varied environments of space.

 

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Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: catdlr on 11/21/2017 10:06 pm

November 21, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-138
NASA to Highlight Science on Next Resupply Mission to Space Station


NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 29, to discuss a number of science investigations
 and instruments launching to the International Space Station on the next SpaceX
 commercial resupply mission.

SpaceX is targeting no earlier than Dec. 4 for the launch of its Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Kirt Costello, deputy chief scientist for the International Space Station Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and Mike Roberts, deputy chief scientist at the Center of Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), will kick off the call with an overview of the research and technology aboard Dragon. Also participating in the briefing will be:

Andrew Rush, president and chief executive officer, Made in Space, will discuss its Fiber Optics
 payload, which will test manufacturing fiber optic filaments in a microgravity environment. This could lead to production of higher-quality fiber optic products both in space and on Earth.
Brian Hess, chief executive officer, and Grayson Allen, chief financial officer, both of LaunchPad Medical, will discuss an investigation using synthetic bone material
 to accelerate bone repair.
Dong Wu, project scientist at the NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and Peter Pilewskie, lead scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will discuss NASA’s Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor
 (TSIS), a new instrument launching to station that will measure the Sun’s energy input to Earth.
Joseph Hamilton, principal investigator, NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will discuss the Space Debris Sensor
, an external tool which will measure the orbital debris environment around the space station.
Yasaman Shirazi, mission scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, will discuss an investigation testing drug delivery systems for combatting muscle breakdown
 in microgravity.
To participate in the teleconference, media must contract Cheryl Warner at 202-358-1100 or [email protected] by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, for dial-in information.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live online at:

https://www.nasa.gov/live

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Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 11/27/2017 04:48 pm

L2 has the Static Fire as NET November 29.

Update:
That's no longer the case, so we'll have to watch for new dates.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: mainmind on 11/27/2017 06:36 pm

L2 has the Static Fire as NET November 29.

Update:
That's no longer the case, so we'll have to watch for new dates.

Flight plan now has the launch moved to 8 Dec w/ capture on the 10th. Any word as to why the four day move?


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(Note from me...this is solid info, but waiting for a new Static Fire date which will show the firm new target date as this will be a placeholder until the former is ready. All responses to the discussion thread as we're keeping this on updates...which the above is per this note :) - Chris).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 11/28/2017 07:13 pm
Confirmed publicly now by NASA to be the 8th at 13:20 EST because of SLC-40 readiness.

"NASA and our commercial cargo provider SpaceX are targeting the 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for no earlier than 1:20 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 8. This new launch date will allow SpaceX to finalize pad readiness, and provide an additional launch opportunity Saturday, Dec. 9, if needed. Carrying about 4,800 pounds of cargo including critical science and research, the Dragon spacecraft will spend a month attached to the space station."
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: jpo234 on 11/29/2017 03:46 pm
Per NSF's news weeks ago:

https://twitter.com/StephenClark1/status/935910448821669888
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NASA’s Bill Gerstenmaier confirms SpaceX has approved use of previously-flown booster (from June’s CRS-13 cargo launch) for upcoming space station resupply launch set for Dec. 8.

It's probably NASA that gave the approval and the booster was from CRS-11, but here it is.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: gongora on 11/29/2017 03:50 pm
MISSE-FF wasn't ready in time.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 11/29/2017 06:28 pm
New TEL vertical

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vucGbXyKJDQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vucGbXyKJDQ)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 11/30/2017 10:11 am
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Eagandale4114 on 11/30/2017 09:46 pm
Webcast link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPHbqY9LHCs
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/01/2017 04:11 pm
NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 1:20 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 8. Coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website Thursday, Dec. 7, with two briefings.

Loaded with about 4,800 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket. The payloads include crucial materials to directly support several of the more than 250 science and research investigations to be conducted on the orbiting laboratory during Expeditions 53, 54 and 55.

About 10 minutes after launch, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit and deploy its solar arrays. A carefully choreographed series of thruster firings are scheduled to allow the spacecraft to rendezvous with the space station. NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will grapple Dragon using the space station’s robotic arm. It then will be installed on the station’s Harmony module.

Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will begin at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, on NASA TV, with installation coverage set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

The Dragon spacecraft will spend approximately one month attached to the space station. It will remain until Jan. 6 when the spacecraft will return to Earth with results of earlier experiments, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.

Media at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will have the opportunity to participate in special tours and briefings Dec. 7 and 8, as well as view the launch. The deadline for media to apply for accreditation for this launch has passed. For more information about media accreditation, contact Jennifer Horner at 321-867-6598 or [email protected]

Media badges will be issued at the Press Accreditation Office located on State Road 3, Merritt Island.

Please note that RSVPs will be required for the following events:

-L-1 Media Tour
-L-1 Remote Camera Setup

-L-0 Pad Photo Opportunity
-Launch (NASA Causeway or VAB Roof)

When you RSVP please indicate in the subject line your name, affiliation and specific area(s) related to your RSVP. RSVPs must be sent to [email protected] no later than 4 p.m., Dec. 5.

L-1 Day (Thursday, Dec. 7)

Press Site Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Badging Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Launch Complex 39B Update Tour (10 a.m.)

Media will get an up-close view of the refurbished launch pad, including the newly finished flame trench. Launch Complex 39B is one of many areas being upgraded at Kennedy to accommodate future NASA and commercial launches.

Prelaunch News Conference on NASA TV (11 a.m.)

A prelaunch status briefing will be held at Kennedy’s Press Site TV Auditorium at 11 a.m. and air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Media who would like to call in should phone the NASA News Center at 321-867-2468.

Remote Camera Setup (1:30 p.m.)

A limited number of news media will be able to establish sound-activated remote cameras to capture the liftoff from outside the Launch Complex 40 pad perimeter.

“What’s on Board” Science Briefing on NASA TV (3:30 p.m.)

A science, research and technology briefing will air live at 3:30 p.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. This briefing is for NASA Social participants and interested media.

L-0 Day (Friday, Dec. 8)

Press Site Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Badging Hours of Operation: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Pad Photo Opportunity

Media will have the opportunity to photograph the vehicle on the launch pad (3:15 a.m.)

One-on-One Interview Opportunities (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Media will have the opportunity to interview mission experts at the Press Site.

Launch Viewing

News media wanting to view the launch from either the NASA Causeway or the VAB roof (space is limited) need to arrive to the Press Site by 11:30 a.m.

Post-Launch News Conference (3 p.m.)

A post-launch news conference will occur at about 3 p.m. in Kennedy’s Press Site TV Auditorium and air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Media who would like to call in should phone the NASA News Center at 321-867-2468.

NASA TV Launch Coverage

NASA TV live coverage will begin at 12:45 p.m. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

Audio only of the news conferences and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135. Launch also will be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County on the Space Coast.

NASA Web Prelaunch and Launch Coverage

Prelaunch and launch day coverage of the SpaceX CRS-13 flight will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning at 12:45 p.m. as the countdown milestones occur. On-demand streaming video, podcast and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. For questions about countdown coverage, contact the newsroom at 321-867-2468. You can follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at http://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex.

Post-Launch News Conference on NASA TV

A post-launch news conference will occur at about 3 p.m. in Kennedy’s Press Site TV Auditorium and air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. Media who would like to call in should phone the NASA News Center at 321-867-2468.

Learn more about the SpaceX CRS-13 mission by going to the mission home page at:

http://www.nasa.gov/spacex

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Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/01/2017 05:34 pm
Static Fire article:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/12/slc-40-comes-back-with-crs-13-static-fire/ - by Chris Gebhardt

TEL expected to be still mainly "grey" as they've only painted some of it as of today.

Also there is a claim the F9 will "look" a bit different than you'd expect. Nothing dramatic, more amusing (and practicable), but I want to "see" it before blurting anything else in public. I'll see if SpaceX want to confirm/comment on it before we see the booster rollout.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: jacqmans on 12/02/2017 07:17 am
December 01, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-142

NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission


NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for no earlier than 1:20 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 8.

Mission coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website Thursday, Dec. 7, with two news briefings.

Packed with almost 4,800 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

NASA TV mission coverage is as follows:


Thursday, Dec. 7
•11 a.m. – Prelaunch news conference with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program, SpaceX, and the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base
•3:30 p.m. – “What’s on Board” science briefing, highlighting research testing: fiber optic filaments, how plants respond to microgravity, the accuracy of a biosensor used for diabetes management, a drug delivery system for combatting muscle atrophy and instruments to measure the Sun’s energy input to Earth and orbital debris.


Friday, Dec. 8
•12:45 p.m. – Launch commentary coverage begins
•3 p.m. – Post-launch news conference with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program and SpaceX


Sunday, Dec. 10
•4:30 a.m. – Dragon rendezvous at the space station and capture
•7:30 a.m. – Installation coverage

About 10 minutes after launch on Dec. 8, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit and deploy its solar arrays. A carefully choreographed series of thruster firings are scheduled to bring the spacecraft to rendezvous with the space station. NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will capture Dragon using the space station’s robotic arm. Ground controllers will then send commands to robotically install the spacecraft on the station’s Harmony module.

The Dragon spacecraft will spend approximately one month attached to the space station, returning to Earth Jan. 6, with results of previous experiments.

The deadline for media to apply for accreditation for this launch has passed, but more information about media accreditation is available by contacting Jennifer Horner at 321-867-6598 or [email protected]

For the latest schedule of prelaunch briefings, events and NASA TV coverage, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/content/spacex-crs-13-briefings-and-events

Learn more about the SpaceX CRS-13 mission at:

https://www.nasa.gov/spacex
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/02/2017 12:49 pm
Window opens at midday, but while SpaceX has been hitting the top of the window lately at 39A, it's less likely with the first prop load at 40 after the repairs.

This thread - updates - to be used for photos of 40 when they rollout, etc. Discussion thread for.....err, discussion :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/02/2017 02:06 pm
Per L2, Static Fire now moved to NET Monday.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/02/2017 10:52 pm
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The TEL was raised @SpaceX #pad40 ca 1PM today Sat 12/2/17-as I was watching from Titusville, FL. Bird flew overhead this view. Static fire test apparently delayed to Mon ahead of Fri Dec 8 target launch of #CRS13 cargo mission for @NASA to @Space_Station #ISS. Cred: @ken_kremer

https://twitter.com/ken_kremer/status/937086552186015744
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/02/2017 11:06 pm
Let's add one of our photos for a bit of a closer look at the new TEL.

Tweeted this out:
https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/937110378928013312

Still working on the new TEL at SLC-40 today. Back to vertical.

Needs to be lowered to horizontal, rolled back and then the Falcon 9 booster is mated in the HIF. Rollout. Power On. Prop Load. Ignition. Still NET Monday for the Static Fire test for CRS-13.

NSF Member photo.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/03/2017 07:05 pm
Article from Friday about expected CRS-13 static fire and future increasing launch cadence:

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2017/12/01/spacex-cape-canaveral-test-fire-help-company-increase-rocket-launch-rate-nasa-iss-crs-13-florida/913240001/ (http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2017/12/01/spacex-cape-canaveral-test-fire-help-company-increase-rocket-launch-rate-nasa-iss-crs-13-florida/913240001/)

Includes interesting info on some pad changes to increase resilience:

Quote
improvements to Launch Complex 40 include protection of hardware with steel and concrete casings as well as a transition to underground infrastructure.

General Monteith thinks these would also enable a much quicker recovery (2 months) in the event of another catastrophic failure at the pad.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/03/2017 09:54 pm
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The @SpaceX TEL at #pad40 now lowered, as of Sun 12/3 not visible. Hope this represents checkout prog & techs can roll it into HIF & attach booster for static fire test Mon & target liftoff on Fri Dec 8 to @Space_Station. Pic of raised TEL minus #Falcon9 on Sat. Cred @ken_kremer

https://twitter.com/ken_kremer/status/937451581741633536 (https://twitter.com/ken_kremer/status/937451581741633536)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/04/2017 02:53 pm
Static Fire NET Tuesday now. No change to the launch date at this time, but now it's really tight.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Eagandale4114 on 12/04/2017 05:06 pm
Current 5 day forecast by the 45th
 (http://www.patrick.af.mil/Portals/14/documents/Weather/04DEC17.pdf)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: jimvela on 12/04/2017 07:27 pm
Heard there is a slight slip today.
Launch is now NET 9 December, next available dates if that doesn't work out would be 12th / 13th.

(Chris note: This is not yet official with NASA or SpaceX)
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Post by: Michael Baylor on 12/04/2017 10:03 pm
SFN also reporting a slip. New T-0 is 12:57 PM EST on Saturday December 9th.

https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/05/2017 12:11 am
Still nothing from NASA, but they have to get the Static Fire done, so that may be why. Obviously the planning date certainly looks like it must be the 9th now.

Static Fire is on for tomorrow. Official notice to employees sent out for the test (for the first time for this event), so looks hopeful.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/05/2017 01:17 pm
Rollout of the CRS-13 booster. She's the CRS-11 booster and......now for the note I made earlier about appearance. She still has the soot from that landing. They've 'drawn' pinstripes in the soot. Asked SpaceX, comms people weren't sure, but the info was mentioned again by a local observation. Can't wait for photos!
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/05/2017 01:59 pm
I assume this is from a NASA communication? but best treat as unconfirmed for now:

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SpaceX, NASA now targeting next Tuesday, Dec. 12 for launch of F9/Dragon on CRS-13 cargo resupply mission to ISS; static fire potentially tomorrow (Dec. 6).

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/938058988817715200 (https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/938058988817715200)
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Post by: jimvela on 12/05/2017 02:49 pm
I assume this is from a NASA communication? but best treat as unconfirmed for now:

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SpaceX, NASA now targeting next Tuesday, Dec. 12 for launch of F9/Dragon on CRS-13 cargo resupply mission to ISS; static fire potentially tomorrow (Dec. 6).

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/938058988817715200 (https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/938058988817715200)

That matches what I heard this morning- NET 12 December.

Much as that pains me that I'll miss seeing the launch in person, all I really care about is that the launch campaign is successful.
Thinking about how much work goes into (re)commissioning a launch site I'm actually pleasantly surprised that they're back to (nearly) ready to fly from SLC-40.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/05/2017 07:02 pm
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Still no #Falcon9 rocket visibly erect at #Pad40 as of 145 PM ET today 12/5-would be between the rigging. My view from Titusville, FL. @SpaceX static fire test now apparently NET Dec 6. #Dragon #CRS13 carggo launch for @NASA to @Space_Station apparently NET Dec 12. #ISS #SpaceX

https://twitter.com/ken_kremer/status/938119008787881984
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/05/2017 08:24 pm
NASA:

SpaceX CRS-13 Launch Set For No Earlier Than Dec. 12

NASA and our commercial cargo provider SpaceX are targeting no earlier than Dec. 12 at 11:46 a.m. EST for their 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. This new launch date takes into account pad readiness, requirements for science payloads, space station crew availability, and orbital mechanics. Carrying about 4,800 pounds of cargo including critical science and research, the Dragon spacecraft will spend a month attached to the space station.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/05/2017 11:05 pm
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The two pre-launch SpX briefings also have been rescheduled --  to Dec 11. Times TBA.

https://twitter.com/spcplcyonline/status/938167081048182789
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Post by: IanThePineapple on 12/05/2017 11:08 pm
https://twitter.com/ken_kremer/status/938193858084687878

Falcon looks to be vertical
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Post by: centaurinasa on 12/06/2017 01:37 pm
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...potential static fire today Wed Dec 6...

https://twitter.com/ken_kremer/status/938411620971302912
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Post by: Raul on 12/06/2017 02:08 pm
M1381 CRS-13 (https://goo.gl/ErbkUw) Launch Hazard Areas and S2 Debris Area.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/06/2017 02:13 pm
We're expecting "Sooty" not to fire up until around midday at the earliest, but the trick with these long windows and moving targets is to wait until venting, they watch it like a hawk.

Meanwhile...

Photo:

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/938422521967374338

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/06/2017 03:43 pm
Bill sees venting:

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/938447366490861569

--

We had 12:30 as a NET and potentially slipping, so either they've caught up, or this is a big purge test of the revamped pad. Let's hope it's the former.

--

https://twitter.com/murphypak has deployed to webcast it.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/06/2017 04:20 pm
Keeping an eye on things from a distance :)

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1nAKEWVrpPRJL
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/06/2017 04:38 pm
Been holding outside of main Prop Load. Venting appears to be purges and such.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/06/2017 05:33 pm
Looking at 3pm as the latest target.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: jjyach on 12/06/2017 06:38 pm
LOX load is in progress will see vents of LOX now
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/06/2017 06:39 pm
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F9/CRS13: Major venting event visible at 2:37pm

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/938492785505783813
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/06/2017 06:50 pm
T-10 mins.
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Post by: jjyach on 12/06/2017 07:00 pm
Fired for full 7 seconds
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/06/2017 07:01 pm
Excellent. Now we wait for SpaceX to tweet confirmation of a good test via the quick look review of the engine firing. Hopefully with a photo of our sooty friend.
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Post by: centaurinasa on 12/06/2017 07:04 pm
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F9/CRS13: Falcon 9 hot-fire test complete at 3pm; appeared to run normal duration; no obvious issues; will stand by for an update from SpaceX

https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/938498649356754944
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Post by: centaurinasa on 12/06/2017 07:11 pm
https://twitter.com/cbs_spacenews/status/938500703470997504
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: centaurinasa on 12/06/2017 07:27 pm
Another view....

https://twitter.com/SpaceflightNow/status/938499965181100032
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/06/2017 07:30 pm
And another

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/938505318786588676 (https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/938505318786588676)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/06/2017 07:52 pm
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Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting launch of CRS-13 on December 12 from Pad 40, followed by launch of Zuma from Pad 40 in early January.

https://twitter.com/spacex/status/938510889484828673
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/06/2017 08:01 pm
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Here’s a video replay of today’s Falcon 9 test-firing at Cape Canaveral: spaceflightnow.com/2017/12/06/vid…

https://twitter.com/spaceflightnow/status/938511429648384002
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/06/2017 09:13 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIhwr0UqZmE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIhwr0UqZmE)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: DatUser14 on 12/06/2017 09:13 pm
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Rocket and spacecraft for CRS-13 are flight-proven. Falcon 9’s first stage previously launched SpaceX’s eleventh resupply mission for @NASA (https://twitter.com/NASA), and Dragon flew to the @Space_Station (https://twitter.com/Space_Station) in support of our sixth cargo resupply mission.
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/938529633066106881 (https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/938529633066106881)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: deruch on 12/06/2017 10:56 pm
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/spacex_crs-13_mision_overview_low_res8.pdf

NASA Mission Overview for CRS-13  (Beware, it has wrong launch date [Dec. 8].  So, it's possible that some values will have changed) 


Total Cargo:  2205 kg / 4861.2 lbs
Pressurized Cargo w/packaging:   1560 kg / 3439.2 lbs
Unpressurized Cargo (TSIS, SDS):  645 kg / 1422 lbs 
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: deruch on 12/07/2017 03:58 am
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-television-to-air-launch-of-next-space-station-resupply-mission-2

Similar to last announcement, just with updated dates.  Only big change is, assuming the launch date holds, the new date for Dragon return.
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Dec. 6, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-145

NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission

A SpaceX Dragon loaded with about 4,800 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplies bound for the International Space Station is targeted to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida no earlier than 11:46 a.m. EST, Dec. 12.

NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is now targeting its 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for no earlier than 11:46 a.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Mission coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website Monday, Dec. 11 with two news briefings.

Packed with almost 4,800 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

NASA TV mission coverage is as follows:

Monday, Dec. 11

    11 a.m. – Prelaunch news conference with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program, SpaceX, and the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base
    3:30 p.m. – “What’s on Board” science briefing, highlighting research testing: fiber optic filaments, how plants respond to microgravity, the accuracy of a biosensor used for diabetes management, a drug delivery system for combatting muscle atrophy and instruments to measure the Sun’s energy input to Earth and orbital debris.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

    11:15 a.m. – Launch commentary coverage begins
    1:15 p.m. – Post-launch news conference with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program and SpaceX

Friday, Dec. 15

    4:30 a.m. – Dragon rendezvous at the space station and capture
    7 a.m. – Installation coverage

About 10 minutes after launch on Dec. 12, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit and deploy its solar arrays. A carefully choreographed series of thruster firings are scheduled to bring the spacecraft to rendezvous with the space station. NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will capture Dragon using the space station’s robotic arm. Ground controllers will then send commands to robotically install the spacecraft on the station’s Harmony module.

The Dragon spacecraft will spend approximately one month attached to the space station, returning to Earth on Jan. 13 with results of previous experiments.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/08/2017 08:02 am
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On Tuesday, SpaceX will attempt to refly both an orbital rocket and spacecraft for the first time. These are pictures of the last mission each flew. Love the view of our Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station as it passes over the illumination boundary.
instagram.com/p/BcbQ3QVgRHr/

https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/938972633416306690
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/08/2017 02:48 pm
Launch weather forecast, 80% GO:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Rule, Liftoff Winds
   
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Rule, Liftoff Winds
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Post by: jacqmans on 12/08/2017 03:04 pm
Update
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Raul on 12/08/2017 08:27 pm
Hazard Areas activation is moved by several minutes (from 16:38-17:40 to 17:19-18:43 UTC). Expect similar movement of scheduled liftoff.
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NAVAREA IV   1142/2017(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 121719Z TO 121843Z DEC,
   ALTERNATE 131657Z TO 131821Z DEC
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   28-27N 080-38W, 28-38N 080-38W,
   31-09N 078-05W, 31-53N 077-06W,
   32-08N 076-36W, 31-43N 076-51W,
   31-23N 077-11W, 30-59N 077-45W,
   28-25N 080-26W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 131921Z DEC 17.
        (080923Z DEC 2017)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/09/2017 03:54 pm
Latest launch forecast, thick cloud rule no longer a concern - remains 80% GO (although high level winds forecast to be 120 knots):

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds
   
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/10/2017 03:15 pm
Latest launch forecast, now 90% GO (although high level winds still forecast to be 120 knots):

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds
   
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: stcks on 12/11/2017 12:26 pm
Sooty, and Dragon, are vertical at pad 40
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/11/2017 02:43 pm
Press kit attached

Edit: added patch
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/11/2017 02:46 pm
Latest launch forecast, still 90% GO (although high level winds now forecast to be 130 knots):

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds
   
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 02:46 pm
Briefing participants are all here.  So we should be on time for the pre-launch conference at 11a EST.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:02 pm
Kirk: Launch CRS-13 tomorrow, after 51S Soyuz Thursday - hence why Dragon waits 'til Friday to berth.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:02 pm
Kirk: Sunday, 53S Soyuz launch of new crew to ISS.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:03 pm
Soyuz is a two-day rendezvous.

High Solar Beta period in December that extends to the 25.  No sunset.  One long day.  Critical ops and vehicle berthings/dockings suspended.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:04 pm
Cygnus reenters on Friday.  Previously, Orbital ATK had said that was 18th.  So they've moved that up apparently.  Or Kirk got the day wrong.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:05 pm
Jessica - Thanks various partners. 

Mentions REFLOWN BOOSTER!  YAY.  NASA still didn't mention it.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:06 pm
Jessica: 13th of 20 on the current CRS-1 contract.  Dragon's contracted (CRS-2) through 2024.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:07 pm
Jessica: First flight from SLC-40 since last year.

Pad modernized.  Talks about those efforts, including automation increase.  More computer control of systems on launch pad.

Pad can do launch to launch in faster turnaround time.  Safer systems.

Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:08 pm
Jessica: LZ-1 landing of booster.

If successful, this will be 20th recovery of a booster, 14th this year.

Booster is CRS-11's booster.  Dragon is CRS-6 Dragon.

4th time reflying a booster.

2nd Dragon reflight.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:08 pm
Jessica: Talks briefly about getting the boosters turned around.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:09 pm
Kurt: CRS-13 science joins 329 on-going experiments on ISS.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:16 pm
Lt. Myers: Weather is 90% go.  Winds high, but expected to be OK.  Clear skies expected Tuesday.  Trough coming through Tuesday that could increase winds late Tuesday and Wednesday for back up op.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:17 pm
Jet Stream will be just north of us.  Upper level winds will be concern, but will not be an activate monitoring of 45th on launch day.

SpaceX will make that call.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:19 pm
Marcia: Presents?  And feelings on reused booster?

Kirk: Cannot confirm or deny Christmas presents.  Anxiety will be the same as any other rocket.  Still a dangerous business.  Shuttle was reusable.  Notion of reusability is not new.  Extensive review to define what NASA wanted, what they got, and what that showed.

Very comfortable with risk posture.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:21 pm
Bill: Give some sense of what is done to get a reused booster ready for flight?

Jessica: Ensuring hardware is qualified for multiple flight with test hardware.  Firing engines in Texas over and over and over again.  Between flight, goal is to not swap out hardware.  If still inside lifetime, verify all was good. Between flights, ensure everything was fine.  Inspect welds.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:22 pm
Irene: Reflying boosters and Dragon more than twice.  Block 5 when?

Jessica: Can fly more than twice.  We do have those plans

Block 5 next year.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:24 pm
Ken: Dragon refurb process.  Wind constraints.

Jessica: Reflight similar. Qualify.  Thorough inspection -- especially TPS.  TPS has to be replaced each mission,  Hardware is usually good for reflight.

Plan is to only use refurbished Dragons for rest of CRS contract.

Upper levels winds are constraint base.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:25 pm
James: How many launch attempts with cutout and Soyuz activity?  Do you also see reuse for future of spaceflight?

Kirk: Expect to launch tomorrow, but things can happen.  Launch attempts on 12 on 13.  Final one before beta is the 15th. Three launch attempts before Beta cutout.  Then it's 25th of December. 

For reuse: Business of space is dominated by launch coast.  Getting coast down is important for everyone.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/11/2017 03:27 pm
More specific block 5 'quote':

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Jensen: First Block 5 Flight still targeting early next year.

https://twitter.com/SpaceXUpdates/status/940255803130499072 (https://twitter.com/SpaceXUpdates/status/940255803130499072)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/11/2017 03:28 pm
Chris, asking questions. :)

(Doing updates, which is why I'm posting it here).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:31 pm
Working with NASA since Jan.  Equivalent risk established.  All groups meeting for several months.

2 weeks before launch was when the decision had to be made.

NASA went off on their own to come up with what they wanted to see for Falcon 9 reuse.  NASA put on constraints.  Only single reflight agreed to. Only a CRS-like mission is where that booster could come from.  Decision was made so finely.   Re-flgiht Readiness Review (RFRR).

NASA was so late making decision because RFRR came in so only allow official decision.

New booster could have effected the launch date.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:34 pm
Stephen: Commercial Crew and engines.

All 9 engines are from the CRS-11 mission.

Kirk: Flying to space is difficult.  Flying humans is even more difficult.  Dates have slipped as expected.  We have dates and are prepared for those dates to slip.  While we want them to fly as soon as possible, we don't want them to fly before they're ready.

We are not in discussion with Russia in regard to additional flights.

Deal in January and exercised in Oct. to allow NASA astros in first half of 2019.  Various options if needed.   But confidence in launch dates for Dragon and Starliner are increasing. 
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:37 pm
Strongback throwback is confirmed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:44 pm
Good discussion of debris.  in 19 years, only 23 COLAs have been needed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:45 pm
Question on payload fairing.  Resolved?

Iridium is NED 22 Dec.
Zuma on early Jan.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:46 pm
39A and FH?

Progress is moving.

Static Fire later this year.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:49 pm
Reflown boosters are not sent back to Texas for test firing.

Three day phasing to Station is orbital mechanics, not Soyuz undocking.

Berthing dates are tracked because of bio-samples on board that need to be maintained.

Both 12th and 13th launch dates are 3-day phasing runs to berthing.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:51 pm
How many Dragons are there?

Jessica thinks they have 7-ish.  Some original ones were only going to fly once.  Starting on CRS-8, significantly ramped up the salt water resistant nature of Dragon to aid with reflight.

After flights, each Dragon goes to Texas for refurb testing.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 03:53 pm
Precise launch time is 11:46:57 EST (as of launch profile update two days ago).
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: John44 on 12/11/2017 05:04 pm
SpaceX/Dragon CRS-13 Cargo Resupply Mission Prelaunch News Conference
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10080
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 05:43 pm
For those wondering, as I was, here's the payload weight breakdown for CRS-13:

1,080.3 lbs (490 kg) - Crew Supplies
1,567.5 lbs (711 kg) - Science Investigations
363.8 lbs (165 kg)    - EVA Equipment
416.7 lbs (189 kg)    - Vehicle Hardware
11 lbs (5 kg)            - Computer Resources

Total Pressurized Payload (w/ packing): 3,439.2 lbs (1,560 kg)
Total Unpressurized Payload (Trunk): 1,422 lbs (645 kg)
Total payload weight: 4,861.2 lbs (2,205 kg)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/11/2017 06:08 pm
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We're back at #SpaceX SLC 40 at Cape Canaveral with the gently-used CRS13 Falcon 9! Aka Sooty McSooterson. Liftoff of the Dragon loaded with 4,800 pounds of hardware, research, and crew supplies is at 11:46 AM Eastern tomorrow!

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/940296355653746688
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/11/2017 06:12 pm
Photo of sooty from SpaceX website
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Post by: Ilikeboosterrockets on 12/11/2017 06:16 pm
Livestream link is up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPHbqY9LHCs
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Post by: Craig_VG on 12/11/2017 07:11 pm
Here's a bit clearer view of the first stage on the pad!
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 07:31 pm
Science overview briefing has started.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/11/2017 07:34 pm
Kurt: SpX-13 is bringing 34 investigations to the Station.
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Post by: theinternetftw on 12/11/2017 09:19 pm
Transcript of the Pre-Launch presser:

https://gist.github.com/theinternetftw/23433626cb5ff08b0c6ad87ae33e9aeb
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Post by: Hauerg on 12/11/2017 09:32 pm
Question on payload fairing.  Resolved?

Iridium is NED 22 Dec.
Zuma on early Jan.
Clarification: her answer was a clear YES.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/12/2017 01:44 am
Working to confirm, but...we've heard there's a delay to CRS-13.

This is unofficial until SpaceX or NASA say so, but others also now hearing things. For example:

@Restrantek
8m ago
SpaceX #CRS13 delayed til Wednesday. SX working a minor issue. #Falcon9 #Dragon
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Post by: Craig_VG on 12/12/2017 01:51 am
Now it's official:

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/940413416531025923

Now targeting Dec. 13 for launch of CRS-13 from SLC-40 to allow for additional time for pre-launch ground systems checks.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/12/2017 01:52 pm
Tomorrow's forecast attached, 90% GO and high-level wind maximum slightly reduced to 115 knots:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Liftoff Winds
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/12/2017 03:33 pm
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@NASASpaceflight Sooty is still horizontal as of about an hour ago. We have remote reset in a few hours so I’m hoping to get a few more shots then.

https://twitter.com/TheFavoritist/status/940620240475639809
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Post by: BradyKenniston on 12/12/2017 03:34 pm
Sooty is still horizontal. Media has remote camera reset in the next few hours so I'm hoping to get a few more shots of it then.

Edit: FutureSpaceTourist beat me to my own post!
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/12/2017 03:59 pm
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Some of us hearing that CRS13 will slip again from multiple sources. 24 or 48 hours.

https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/940626792490192896 (https://twitter.com/nova_road/status/940626792490192896)
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/12/2017 04:01 pm
To add to this, yes.  Multiple sources here, too, saying we're slipping to Thursday or Friday now.

This is obviously not official until NASA or SpaceX say anything.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/12/2017 06:36 pm
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#CRS13 update:

Multiple sources confirm the @SpaceX launch is now Friday (Dec 15) at 10:33 a.m. ET

https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/940663126625865730
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Post by: John44 on 12/12/2017 06:46 pm
SpaceX/Dragon - CRS-13 Cargo Resupply Mission "What’s on Board?" Science Briefing
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10081
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/12/2017 08:56 pm
Explanation of why Friday is last chance before Christmas:

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SpaceX now targeting NET Fri. morning for launch of #CRS13 from Cape Canaveral. That's the only shot before Christmas due to beta angle cutout and Soyuz comings and goings at ISS.

https://twitter.com/flatoday_jdean/status/940699969115316229
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Post by: vaporcobra on 12/12/2017 11:15 pm
And it's official. NET Friday, last available window until late December.

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Taking additional time for the team to conduct full inspections and cleanings due to detection of particles in 2nd stage fuel system. Now targeting CRS-13 launch from SLC-40 on Dec. 15. Next launch opportunity would be no earlier than late December.

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/940736321097572352
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/13/2017 05:33 am
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SpaceX CRS-13 Update: Launch No Earlier Than Dec. 15

NASA and SpaceX are now targeting no earlier than 10:35 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 15, for the company’s 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX is taking additional time for the team to conduct full inspections and cleanings due to detection of particles in the second stage fuel system. The next launch opportunity would be no earlier than late December.

A Dragon spacecraft will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon is now scheduled to arrive at the space station on Sunday, Dec. 17.

On Sunday, Scott Tingle of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are also scheduled to launch at 2:21 a.m. (1:21 p.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.

NASA Television coverage for launch and arrival activities are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 15

10 a.m. – Launch commentary coverage begins
12 p.m. – Post-launch news conference with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program and SpaceX

Sunday, Dec. 17

1:15 a.m. – Soyuz MS-07 launch coverage begins
4:30 a.m. – Dragon rendezvous at the space station and capture coverage begins
7:30 a.m. – Installation coverage begins

Watch live on NASA Television and the agency’s website: www.nasa.gov/live.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2017/12/12/spacex-crs-13-update-launch-no-earlier-than-dec-15/ (https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2017/12/12/spacex-crs-13-update-launch-no-earlier-than-dec-15/)
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/13/2017 01:55 pm
Launch weather forecast for Friday, 80% GO (high level winds maximum 90 knots):

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule

Edit to add: validity time in the forecast is 10:38 EST, so launch time may have been revised by a few mins?
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Post by: Michael Baylor on 12/13/2017 09:08 pm
Friday is still on the cards.

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Hang in there!  We’re doing our best to get this mission off the ground this week!
- Garrett Reisman.

https://twitter.com/astro_g_dogg/status/941060293370761217
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/13/2017 11:38 pm
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Spotted yesterday: the @SpaceX Falcon 9 that will be the first mission to fly a reused orbital rocket and spacecraft to resupply the @Space_Station. #GeoEye1 was 800km east of Cape Canaveral, tilted 49 degrees off-nadir, when it captured this image at 95cm resolution.

https://twitter.com/digitalglobe/status/941058951575212035
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/14/2017 12:59 pm
Improvement in launch weather forecast for Friday, now 90% GO (high level winds maximum still 90 knots):

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Rule
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Post by: flyright on 12/14/2017 02:43 pm
Improvement in launch weather forecast for Friday, now 90% GO (high level winds maximum still 90 knots):

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Rule

This included a slight change in valid time:
Valid: 15 Dec 2017/1036 EST (1536 UTC)
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/15/2017 01:43 am
Now we know the running order with Rocket Lab ruling out today....

FEATURE ARTICLE: Flight proven Falcon 9 to launch previously flown Dragon to ISS - https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/12/flight-proven-falcon-9-launch-flown-dragon-iss/

- By William Graham.

Additional photos by Brady Kenniston (@TheFavoritist) for NSF.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 03:38 am
Latest version of press kit. Has launch at 10:36 a.m. EST.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 08:43 am
Report from 12:30am local (05:30 UTC):

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Our midnight media photoop with @SpaceX #Falcon9 has been cancelled. The rocket had not yet gone vertical as of 1230 am 12/15 for planned 10:36 am ET launch 2 @Space_Station.Not much time remains until a scrub would have to be called. still TBD. this view from a day ago at #SLC40

https://twitter.com/ken_kremer/status/941559914371125248
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Post by: jpo234 on 12/15/2017 09:46 am
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7j725w/rspacex_crs13_official_launch_discussion_updates/dra8204/

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Driving in this morning it looked like the vehicle was vertical and lit up on 40.

https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/7j725w/rspacex_crs13_official_launch_discussion_updates/drabf1v/
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Falcon is Vertical
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Post by: centaurinasa on 12/15/2017 11:36 am
Timeline from CRS-13 press kit.
(Thanks to Steven Pietrobon )
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/15/2017 11:46 am
Brady for NSF - all good:

https://twitter.com/TheFavoritist/status/941650266151116801

@NASASpaceflight Falcon is vertical!
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Post by: jacqmans on 12/15/2017 11:52 am
CRS-13 Webcast

SpaceX is targeting launch of the Commercial Resupply Services 13 (CRS-13) mission from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force station in Florida for 7:35 a.m. PST, or 15:35 UTC, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

This mission marks the first time SpaceX is flying both a flight-proven Falcon 9 and a flight-proven Dragon spacecraft. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the CRS-11 mission in June 2017 and the Dragon spacecraft previously supported the CRS-6 mission in April 2015.

Dragon will deliver about 4,800 pounds of cargo and material to support science investigations aboard the space station. After about one month attached to the space station, Dragon will return with results of earlier experiments, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPHbqY9LHCs

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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 12:18 pm
Our precise, instantaneous launch time this morning is 10:36:09 EST.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 12:26 pm
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Cloudy, but an otherwise beautiful morning at @NASAKennedy ahead of 1036 #Falcon9 launch. #CRS13

https://twitter.com/emrekelly/status/941660149952995328
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 12:26 pm
T-2hrs 10mins.  1hr away from the start of fueling.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 12:36 pm
Under two hours to launch.
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Post by: centaurinasa on 12/15/2017 12:43 pm
Space X Launch & Landing Control
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Post by: centaurinasa on 12/15/2017 12:47 pm
https://www.24liveblog.com/live/34924d4ada1f11e79248f23c919295de
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 01:12 pm
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It's launch day! Tune into NASA TV at 10:00a ET for live launch coverage of SpaceX CRS-13 mission to the @Space_Station→ go.nasa.gov/2zeaK6M

https://twitter.com/iss_casis/status/941671999901982720
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 01:18 pm
Got the launch loop.

PROCEEDING with hold fire checks at this time.  Getting ready to fuel.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 01:20 pm
Flight hazard area for LZ-1 clear.

Flight hazard area for SLC-40 is still be cleared.

 CLEAR TO PROCEED into fueling.

SLC-40 BDA is clear.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 01:21 pm
Prop loading should begin in five minutes, starting with the RP-1 propellants.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 01:27 pm
Launch loop is quiet.  Which is good.

That usually means fueling picked up as expected at T-70mins.


EDIT: In all past launches, no call was heard over the net when RP-1 fueling began. This is matching that.  No word of any issues.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 01:36 pm
1 hour and counting.
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Post by: jpo234 on 12/15/2017 01:38 pm
https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/941678684389310464

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T-1 hour until Falcon 9 launch of Dragon for thirteenth resupply mission to the @Space_Station. Launch webcast will go live about 20 minutes before liftoff → http://spacex.com/webcast
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 01:42 pm
20mins to start of LOX.  All continues to go well with RP-1 fueling.  No issues.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 01:45 pm
LOX cross-country line chilldown in work.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 01:50 pm
About 10 minutes until the NASA TV coverage begins.

Should start at 10:00 AM Eastern (15:00 UTC).
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 01:51 pm
10mins to LOX load.  All continues to go well.  No issues.
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Post by: Formica on 12/15/2017 01:52 pm
Technical webcast returns! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsAIoqbUCgw
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 01:55 pm
Five minutes to go.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 01:58 pm
NASA coverage starting in about three minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:00 pm
LOX loading should start any time now.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:01 pm
And we're live from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40, where a Falcon 9 rocket is about to launch SpaceX's 13th Cargo Resupply Services mission to the ISS. Launch time is scheduled for 15:36:09 UTC.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 02:01 pm
LOX load should have just started.

The LOOP is QUIET.  A very good sign.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:01 pm
NASA coverage has started.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:01 pm
One of today's commentators is Stephanie Martin.
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Post by: IanThePineapple on 12/15/2017 02:02 pm
NASATV is live, discussing some cargo, rocket, capsule, pad, etc. details.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:02 pm
This morning's launch will mark the first from SLC-40 since JCSat 16 in August 2016; not counting AMOS 6 one month later.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:02 pm
We also have the Curie-Finch team commentating in Hangar AE.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:02 pm
Instantaneous launch window.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 02:02 pm
Conversation on the NE lightning tower.  Camera appears to be uncontrollable at this time.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:03 pm
LOX loading should have started about three minutes ago.
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Post by: IanThePineapple on 12/15/2017 02:04 pm
NASATV is now discussing pad upgrades (we've already heard about most/all of them) and weather forecast.

Still 90% GO for today
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:04 pm
Eastern range is go for launch and landing.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:04 pm
Weather POV is at 10%.

Only concern is cloud rule.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 02:04 pm
LOX load did indeed start on time.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:04 pm
90% go for weather.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:05 pm
T-30 minutes.
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Post by: IanThePineapple on 12/15/2017 02:05 pm
Discussing ISS experiments and its purpose, all while showing a gorgeous shot of the rocket from a lightning tower.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:06 pm
Now interviewing Brian Hess.

Just passed the half-hour mark in the countdown.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:06 pm
Talking about a bone adhesive.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 02:07 pm
Weather POV is at 10%.

Only concern is cloud rule.

Weather officer's briefing is that Thick cloud rule does not appear to be a concern - no weather issues expected
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:09 pm
Rocket Facts.

Talking about fibre optic cables.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:09 pm
Upgraded flame trench.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:10 pm
T-25 minutes.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:11 pm
Now showing an interior of the Hawthorne control center as well as Mission Control Houston.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:12 pm
Mike Curie and Josh Finch talking about the mission.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 02:12 pm
Launch loop continues to be quiet.  Automated systems at SLC-40 working perfectly right now.  NO issues.  NO constraints.
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Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:12 pm
LOX appears to be at ~40%.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 02:13 pm
Good LOX vent from Falcon 9
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:13 pm
Time for some mellow funky music.
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Post by: jon.amos on 12/15/2017 02:13 pm
Funky music start on the Technical webcast :D
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:14 pm
Showing a NASA Earth Science presentation.
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Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:14 pm
Major LOX venting from the strongback has started.
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Post by: IanThePineapple on 12/15/2017 02:14 pm
Hosted cast not up yet
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Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:16 pm
Talking about TSIS and its assessments of the total energy irradiance budget.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:16 pm
T-20 minutes. Fueling of both stages still ongoing at this time.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 02:16 pm
T-20mins.   All continues to go well.
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Post by: IanThePineapple on 12/15/2017 02:16 pm
Huge constant LOX venting
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:16 pm
Now interviewing Joseph Hamilton.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:16 pm
T-20 minutes.
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Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:17 pm
Orbital Debris sensor talk as LOX loading surpasses 50%.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:17 pm
Talking about SDS orbital debris experiment.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:19 pm
Now showing CASIS's new patch.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:19 pm
CASIS mission patch.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:20 pm
Talking about Star Wars inspiring the mission patch.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:21 pm
T-15 minutes. This will be the second spaceflight for Core B1035, which last flew the SpaceX CRS-11 mission in June 2017. In contrast to previous refurbished boosters, this one still has soot from the previous landing.

In addition, this will be the second time that Dragon C108, the pressurized section of the spacecraft, will be headed to the space station. Its first flight was SpaceX CRS-6 in April 2015.
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:21 pm
NASA Launch Services will launch six missions next year.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:22 pm
SpaceX coverage has started.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:23 pm
T-14 minutes here lots of venting.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 02:23 pm
SpaceX do not plan to clean or repaint reused boosters in the future.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:24 pm
T-13 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:24 pm
hosted start

Going forward no planned cleaning/washing of stages
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:24 pm
T-12 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 02:25 pm
3 different SpaceX presenters on webcast so far, unlike recent webcasts with just 1
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:26 pm
T-10 minutes. Terminal Count should start at this time.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:26 pm
T-11 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:26 pm
LOX Loading close to complete on first stage.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:27 pm
T-10 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:27 pm
Mentioning Donald Trump's new plan to send astronauts to the Moon before eventual trips to the Red Planet.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:27 pm
Far shot, no issues worked, wind and wather good

new doghouses, new flame diverter, now can test here
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:28 pm
T-9 minutes. Launch enable set to flight.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Craftyatom on 12/15/2017 02:28 pm
Talking about SLC-40 upgrades: better "doghouses" (hold-down covers), better lift system for the TLE (one continuous lift rather than 2-step process before), better flame deflectors for longer static fires, better LOX system.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:28 pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:29 pm
T-8 minutes. Had hosted audio for a few seconds!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:29 pm
Good view of top of second stage and Dragon. LOX on 2nd stage appears to be on topping mode.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:30 pm
T-7 minutes. Engine chill should be starting now.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:30 pm
T-6 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: centaurinasa on 12/15/2017 02:31 pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:32 pm
T-5 minutes. Tanks pressing for strongback retract.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:32 pm
T-4 minutes. Strongback retraction in work.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:32 pm
dragon vid
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:32 pm
T-4 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/15/2017 02:32 pm
Green Range.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:33 pm
First stage engine chilldown sequence continues to go well.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Craftyatom on 12/15/2017 02:33 pm
Strongback has retracted just a few degrees, as expected
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:33 pm
cont'd
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:33 pm
T-3 minutes. Stage 1 LOX load closed out.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:34 pm
T-3 minutes. One of the major changes to SLC-40 is how the strongback retraction works; the "throwback" method from LC-39A will be implemented at T0.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:34 pm
Stage 1 LOX load closed out.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:34 pm
LOX loading complete on the F9.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:35 pm
T-2 minutes. Range is GO for launch this morning.

Falcon 9 on internal power.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:35 pm
T-2 minutes. Transitioning to internal power.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:35 pm
Stage 2 LOX load closed out.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:35 pm
T-90 seconds. Standing by for the Automatic Flight Termination System to be armed for launch.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 02:35 pm
LD is go for launch
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:36 pm
T-1 minute. Both Falcon 9 and Dragon are in start-up mode.

And we have confirmation from the FTS controller that the AFTS is ready.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:36 pm
T-1 minute. AFTS is ready for launch.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:36 pm
Final tank pressurization underway; this will last until the T-20 second mark.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:36 pm
T-45 seconds. Launch Director is GO.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:36 pm
T-30 seconds. Go Falcon, Go SpX-13.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:36 pm
T-15 seconds. Falcon 9 is configured for flight and the Sound Suppression Water System has activated.

T-10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ignition and liftoff of a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a flight-proven Dragon spacecraft full of science and supplies to the space station.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:36 pm
Liftoff!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: centaurinasa on 12/15/2017 02:37 pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:37 pm
Roll program complete, pitch program has started.

Launch azimuth is about 43 degrees.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/15/2017 02:37 pm
LAUNCH!!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:37 pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/15/2017 02:37 pm
Go Sooty!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:37 pm
T+40 seconds. First stage propulsion looks good.

All nine Merlin 1D+ engines producing over 1.5 million pounds of thrust.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:37 pm
count
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:37 pm
T+1 minute.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 02:38 pm
MaxQ all nominal so far
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:38 pm
T+1 minute, 5 seconds. Going through Mach 1.

Coming up in about ten seconds will be Max-Q.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:38 pm
90 seconds into the flight.

First stage Main Engine Cut-Off is scheduled for 2 minutes, 21 seconds. Stage separation will occur four seconds later followed by ignition of the MVac engine eight seconds afterwards. From there, the first stage will begin its boostback burn five seconds after MVac engine start.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:38 pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:38 pm
T+2 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:39 pm
T+2 minutes. Main engine throttling in work to limit acceleration stresses.

M-Vac engine wrapping up its chilldown sequence.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:39 pm
And there's MECO-1. We've separated the stages and the first stage is flipping to boostback burn attitude.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:39 pm
Second stage engine start has occurred as part of a 387-second orbit insertion burn.

Stage 1 boostback burn has started. This will null all of the first stage's horizontal velocity and put its impact point over LZ-1.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:39 pm
T+3 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/15/2017 02:39 pm
Great views.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:39 pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:40 pm
Second stage propulsion looks good.

3 minutes into the mission.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:40 pm
Stage 1 boostback burn has ended.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:40 pm
As the first stage maneuvers to reentry attitude, the aluminum (NOT titanium) grid fins will deploy to further assist in precise steering alongside the cold-gas thrusters.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:41 pm
T+4 minutes. Fins deployed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:41 pm
T+4 minutes, 20 seconds. I'm estimating that the first stage's apogee is 130+ kilometers.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:41 pm
Continuing to get excellent video from long-range tracking cameras.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:41 pm
T+5 minutes. AOS Bermuda.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:41 pm
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Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:42 pm
Bermuda AOS.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:42 pm
S1 after apogee.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:42 pm
New Hampshire also tracking the second stage and Dragon.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:42 pm
Some venting from the engines.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:42 pm
T+6 minutes. Stage 1 entry burn startup.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:43 pm
T+6 minutes, 7 seconds. Stage 1 entry burn has started. This 1-3-1 engine burn will prevent the first stage from disintegrating as it plows through the atmosphere.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:43 pm
Stage 1 entry burn has ended. Preparing to safe the first stage's AFTS.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:43 pm
Entry burn!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:43 pm
Second stage propulsion is still nominal. Less than three minutes of powered flight remaining.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:43 pm
T+7 minutes.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:44 pm
Stage 1 is transonic. Speed under 340.29 meters per second for the first stage.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:44 pm
Stage 1 landing burn has started. This single-engine burn will last ~30 seconds.

Landing legs will deploy about ten seconds prior to touchdown.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 02:44 pm
Perfect S1 landing! Nice camera shot too :)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:44 pm
Touchdown!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:44 pm
And Core B1035 is back yet again! Just five miles away from where it was launched! The success rate for first stage landings is now 20 out of 25, or 80%.

Second stage AFTS should be safed by now.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/15/2017 02:45 pm
"Routine" ;D
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:45 pm
Continueing the burn.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:45 pm
x
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:45 pm
T+8 minutes, 20 seconds.

Coming up on SECO-1.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:46 pm
T+9 minutes.

SECO!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:46 pm
SECO-1 has just occurred. There will be a 60-second coast phase before Dragon separation.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:46 pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Craftyatom on 12/15/2017 02:46 pm
GNC Confirms good orbit, waiting for deploy.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:46 pm
Elon in first row!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:47 pm
Separation!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:47 pm
T+10 minutes. Spacecraft separation. Dragon C108 beginning its second trip to the International Space Station. It should take about two days before capture and berthing.

Newfoundland now tracking the flight of Dragon.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:47 pm
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: centaurinasa on 12/15/2017 02:47 pm
Spacecraft sep !
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:48 pm
Drifting away.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:48 pm
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Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:49 pm
Spacecraft views.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:49 pm
Deploying arrays.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Craftyatom on 12/15/2017 02:49 pm
Solar array deploy!

Absolutely beautiful, another routine delivery to space using pre-flown hardware!  Who says 13 is unlucky?

Huge congratulations to everyone involved in this launch, it took a few delays but it's so good to have F9 back after two months of "downtime"!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:49 pm
Solar panel deployment in work. Dragon's propulsion system has also been primed.

After this is completed, a series of firings from the Draco thrusters will begin to bring Dragon closer to the station.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: centaurinasa on 12/15/2017 02:50 pm
SA Deployment
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:50 pm
Bermuda LOS expected.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:50 pm
Arrays deployed.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Ben the Space Brit on 12/15/2017 02:50 pm
Good job for all the team. It's particularly good to see SLC-40 back in service and delivering such a flawless flight so far!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:50 pm
New Hampshire LOS expected.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:51 pm
End of SpaceX coverage.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:52 pm
16 minutes Mission Elapsed Time.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:52 pm
Back to NASA TV.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Svetoslav on 12/15/2017 02:52 pm
Huge congratulations to SpaceX! What a nice week it has been so far - flight of New Shepard, landing of Soyuz MS-5 and launch of reused Falcon and reused Dragon.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: whitelancer64 on 12/15/2017 02:52 pm
Congrats to the SpaceX team on the smooth launch and landing. After 45 days of waiting and a No-Launch November (surprisingly, SpaceX has never done a launch to orbit in November), it's nice to see the Falcon spread her wings again!
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Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:53 pm
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Post by: chad1011 on 12/15/2017 02:53 pm
Great job SpaceX!  Thanks to SpaceX, NASA, NSF, and everyone else involved!

Edit: Too excited to spell correctly...
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 02:53 pm
Concluding NASA coverage.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Brovane on 12/15/2017 02:53 pm
Congrats on the 17th launch this year.


Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 02:53 pm
NASA TV coverage coming to a close by showing a set of launch replays of the 15:36:09 UTC liftoff from Cape Canaveral's SLC-40.

I'm ZachS09, and I'll see you during the last H-IIA launch of 2017.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Perchlorate on 12/15/2017 02:54 pm
T+6 minutes. Stage 1 entry burn startup.

Congrats to all.  Love the view of descending S1, with its own contrail in the background.

And, welcome back, SLC40!!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: catdlr on 12/15/2017 02:54 pm
Congrats to SpaceX for the successful launch.  To the NSF team for providing triple TV coverage too. 
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Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:55 pm
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Post by: Kim Keller on 12/15/2017 02:55 pm
Some entry and landing pics for you...
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 02:55 pm
Many congratulations to SpaceX and NASA. I was getting serious withdrawal symptoms after nearly 7 weeks without a SpaceX launch!

Fanatastic to see yet another successful booster and Dragon reuse too. Now NASA has reused a booster I think we can consider reuse to be practically routine :D
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: eeergo on 12/15/2017 02:56 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX and NASA, and CCAFS for the return to work of SLC-40 after more than 15 months of absence!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: marshal on 12/15/2017 02:56 pm
Huge congratulations to SpaceX!  ;D
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: wjbarnett on 12/15/2017 02:56 pm
Well done SpaceX! and thanks for the coverage everyone!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: MattMason on 12/15/2017 02:57 pm
Excellent launch and landing!

Anyone else think for a few seconds that the Falcon 9 was WAY off from the landing pad on final approach--  :-\

--until you realized that the second landing pad was now complete?

Congratulations to SpaceX, CCAFS and NASA. Onward with the mission.
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 02:57 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUPoFt72wmY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUPoFt72wmY)
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: copper8 on 12/15/2017 02:57 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX and Nasa on a historic launch!

Many thanks to the Nasaspaceflight.com team for the unexcelled coverage!
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/15/2017 02:57 pm
Excellent coverage everyone! Very much appreciated.

William's article updated:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/12/flight-proven-falcon-9-launch-flown-dragon-iss/

New thread for ISS arrival of course.

One post of congrats each, per tradition. All responses, questions and such on to the other threads. CRS missions mean this thread will still be active for immediately on orbit coverage.
Title: Re: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-13 : Dec 15, 2017 : UPDATES
Post by: Lar on 12/15/2017 02:58 pm
As is traditional, one post of congrats each.... all discussion here: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42775

So, congrats to SpaceX, everything was smooth as buttah. You had some of us wondering a bit there fo a while... (oh ye of little faith :) ) Maybe 2018 is the year to break the November jinx?
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 03:00 pm
Excellent launch and landing!

Anyone else think for a few seconds that the Falcon 9 was WAY off from the landing pad on final approach--  :-\

--until you realized that the second landing pad was now complete?

Congratulations to SpaceX, CCAFS and NASA. Onward with the mission.

For those that missed shot of second pad
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Post by: Mapperuo on 12/15/2017 03:00 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDQ3Y9iPARY
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Post by: Formica on 12/15/2017 03:00 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX, NASA, SLC-40, B1035, and C108! Beautiful day for a beautiful launch. Also thanks to Chris G for the live launch loop relay, much appreciated.
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Post by: Kaputnik on 12/15/2017 03:04 pm
Watched this one with my wee boy who was almost as excited as me :) New word for today "rafrah" which I guess means rocket :D

Glad the rookie second stage did its job, never doubted sooty or Dragon of course as they already knew where they were going.

More seriously, great to see a flawless count and launch from SLC40, and here's to an eccelrated cadence in 2018!
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 03:05 pm
Launch replays.
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Post by: Silmfeanor on 12/15/2017 03:05 pm
Congrats SpaceX! Awesome smooth mission, with great views. And thanks to NSF for the coverage!

Also, welcome back pad 40!
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Post by: abaddon on 12/15/2017 03:06 pm
Well done SpaceX, NASA, and USAF!

Very exciting to see the first reused booster + reused spacecraft launch since the retirement of the Space Shuttle.

Now it's up to Iridium-4 to finish off the year strong.
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Post by: Steven Pietrobon on 12/15/2017 03:06 pm
Landing replays.

Congratulations to SpaceX and NASA for the successful launch!
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Post by: Rocket Science on 12/15/2017 03:07 pm
That's the way it's done folks... ;) Congrats to all the teams at SpaceX, NASA and here at NSF! :)
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Post by: rockets4life97 on 12/15/2017 03:08 pm
Congrats to NASA for a first launch on a reused booster. Congrats to SpaceX for pulling it off flawlessly.
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Post by: cscott on 12/15/2017 03:08 pm
Congratulations, SpaceX! Had to drop my wee lad off at daycare before launch, but he's eager to watch the rest when he gets home.  Somehow I'm going to have to dual-screen the NASA and SpaceX feeds, lots of great shots unique to each.
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Post by: DigitalMan on 12/15/2017 03:09 pm
Great launch, even though I wasn’t home to watch it live
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Post by: ZachS09 on 12/15/2017 03:09 pm
Forgot to make my congrats.

Well done to SpaceX and NASA on the last East Coast F9 launch of 2017!
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Post by: cartman on 12/15/2017 03:11 pm
Congrats to SpaceX for another good launch, and for bringing SLC-40 back to action! Also congrats to NSF for the best coverage :)
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Post by: Jarnis on 12/15/2017 03:12 pm
Congrats to SpaceX and everyone else involved on a picture-perfect re-launch and re-landing. Recycling rockets and spacecraft sure is the new hotness!
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 03:21 pm
Great images as always from John, but the last one ...

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Launched and landed! #SpaceX launched #Falcon9 and #Dragon — each flying for the second time — at 10:36am this morning. Dragon is on its way to the @Space_Station! This was the 17th SpaceX flight of the year, 4th booster reuse, 20th successful booster landing overall. #CRS13

https://twitter.com/johnkrausphotos/status/941697413684891648
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Post by: zubenelgenubi on 12/15/2017 03:41 pm
Congratulations to the launch campaign team, and thank you to the several contributors to today's launch thread coverage!

As always, I appreciate the thread coverage--I missed the launch this morning due to work commitments.
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Post by: mdeep on 12/15/2017 03:42 pm
Here's a few from the VAB roof.

Remotes at 1:00 after the post-launch.
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Post by: rickl on 12/15/2017 03:46 pm
Congratulations to all involved for another flawless launch and landing, and glad to see LC-40 back up and running.  For me, the most memorable moment of this one was the rocketcam shot showing Falcon's own contrail as it returned.
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Post by: ElGuapoGuano1 on 12/15/2017 03:50 pm
Just another day at the office! I never get tired of watching such a beautiful machine!
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 03:53 pm
Post-flight news conference coming up at 12p EST.

EDIT:  All participants are here, so this'll start on time.
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Post by: Rebel44 on 12/15/2017 04:01 pm
Congratulations to everyone involved in 17th successful SpaceX mission this year!
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:02 pm
NASA: Great launch.  Deja vu from six months ago watching another Dragon go on this very same booster.

Praise for reuse booster.

ISS in good shape.  Crew ready for Dragon at 7a EST on Sunday.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:02 pm
Jessica (SpaceX): Fantastic way to end east coast launches.  Started with CRS-10 - which was first off new LC-39A.  Not we end with CRS-13 on newly reactivated SLC-40.  Great bookend.

Thanks to NASA with schedule.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:03 pm
Jessica:  Also thanks Pad-40 team.  Challenge for launch dates, so teams had to work super hard to make sure we launched today.  Air Force, FAA.... everyone who helped this pad.


Pad Director CONFIRMS everything looks GREAT in post-flight.  Much faster turnarounds in future.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:04 pm
Jessica now overviewing Dragon.

Nominal orbit.  SAs deployed.  HNC bay door opening is next.

Booster is back at LZ-1
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:06 pm
Performance of Booster and Dragon were nominal.  NO difference.  Nothing odd seen.

Found particulate in S2 fuel tank.  Able to flush is all out.  Verify all filters in place and in tanks on F9 booster.
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Post by: jgoldader on 12/15/2017 04:09 pm
Hadn't realized how much I missed watching these!  I set up the technical broadcast for my physics class, and did the commentary.  It's not often you see teenagers wide-eyed like that.  Thank you and congrats, SpaceX!
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:09 pm
Dragon is returning mid-January.  Looking at on orbit activities and amount of time for research.

Dragon 1 is precursor to Crew Dragon.   How they work with NASA to test.  Have to make sure it safe.

Doesn't know what was discussed at the ASAP.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:10 pm
NASA will use case-by-case basis for future CRS mission using flight-proven boosters with SpaceX.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:12 pm
What do you like most, launch or landing?

NASA: Dragon arrivals (laughs)

SpaceX: Launch.  Without that, you don't get landing.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:12 pm
Washed or not washed.

Not sure where we are will serial numbers.  Most won't be painted.  But some might be.

Yes, in future we do have boosters for three times or more.  Don't now if there's one currently planned.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:13 pm
FH landing pads.

LZ-2 will be ready.  It's right next to LZ-1.  Center core to ASDS Of Course I Still Love You.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:14 pm
No reason to paint cores a new.  It's added expense that's not needed.

Stripes there to examine welds and joints.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:14 pm
F9 booster can be reused "a lot."   Won't give an exact number.  Certifying for 10 flights, hoping for a A LOT more.
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:15 pm
Fairing recovery issue.

Not Jessica's area.  "We've been working fairing recovery."
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Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 12/15/2017 04:15 pm
And that's it.  Briefing done.
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Post by: Davp99 on 12/15/2017 04:18 pm
Congrats SpaceX & Thank You Chris and Steve and NSF.com.... Etc. For Excellent Coverage As Always..
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Post by: Star One on 12/15/2017 04:18 pm
Congratulations to all concerned especially with all the re-use of equipment in this mission.
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Post by: AS_501 on 12/15/2017 04:32 pm
Even if you don't have the slightest interest in spaceflight, how can you not be impressed?  Great people doing great things.
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Post by: macpacheco on 12/15/2017 04:40 pm
17 launches and counting, beep ! Way to GO !!!!!!!!!
Is that a go for 18 ?
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Post by: John44 on 12/15/2017 04:41 pm
SpaceX/Dragon - CRS-13 Launch
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10084

SpaceX/Dragon - CRS-13 Launch replays
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10085

SpaceX/Dragon - CRS-13 Post-Launch News Conference
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10086
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Post by: tleski on 12/15/2017 04:48 pm
Great launch and landing! Congratulations to SpaceX and all involved.

If you have not the slightest interest in space then you should, and this is a great time to start! SpaceX reignited my interest and convinced me that serious human space exploration can be possible in my lifetime.
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Post by: Bubbinski on 12/15/2017 04:58 pm
Congratulations SpaceX and NASA! Good work on flying that reused first stage and Dragon capsule. Pointing the way to the future. 17 launches for SX this year, one to go, looking forward to 2018.
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Post by: punder on 12/15/2017 05:01 pm
Watched the SpaceX technical webcast. Looks like I'll need to go back and watch the NASA stuff too!

Congrats to SpaceX and NASA, and thanks to NSF and all the folks who contributed during the launch.
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Post by: WindnWar on 12/15/2017 05:12 pm
Congratulations on a successful launch and insertion of Dragon into orbit. Looking forward to it docking.

Amazing work by the Pad 40 crew to get that pad back online even better than it was before. Everyone did outstanding work! If they can use that core again for a west coast launch it could make history by launching from 3 different pads on two different coasts... ;)

Looking forward to 18 and a great finish to a banner year.
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Post by: SciNews on 12/15/2017 05:13 pm
Falcon 9 first stage landing from NASA & SpaceX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6RPfXSRww4
Falcon 9 launch & Dragon deployment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqn9nh-AMVU
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Post by: geza on 12/15/2017 05:23 pm
Congrat!

This is the 17th consecutive launch success since Amos 6 and 16th consecutive landing success. Landing reliability seems to approach the level that would be acceptable, as lauch reliability. I remember how risky this Elon-style powered landing w/o hovering looked like a few years ago. It was argued that limited reliability of landing was still acceptable from reuse pont of view. Now it starts to seem that landing is less risky than launch, as hoverslam control is solved and much less fuel and engine-work is involved. Landing rocket stages back is the new norm.
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Post by: Elmar Moelzer on 12/15/2017 05:34 pm
Congrats to SoaceX and NASA. Yet another successful launch and landing!
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Post by: theinternetftw on 12/15/2017 05:39 pm
Post-launch conference transcript:

https://gist.github.com/theinternetftw/d940831fc20f63a2e9aec2d510e898c5
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Post by: robertross on 12/15/2017 05:44 pm
As good a Christmas present as anyone could wish for.

Congrats SpaceX!

(and thanks to NSF for the coverage & ChrisG on site for Q&A)
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Post by: fthomassy on 12/15/2017 05:45 pm
As an Aerospace Refugee-Engineer from the 1990's I'm continuously grateful to these forums to indulge my passion for space flight.  Thanks again to all who contribute! I was able to 'live' the launch and recovery even though I could not watch it live (which I usually do).
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Post by: mdeep on 12/15/2017 05:57 pm
Remote camera launch photos:
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/15/2017 06:09 pm
Is it just me or have CRS missions & booster landings become so routine that people (not called Chris ;)) are running out of questions to ask .. ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aib20nD01WE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aib20nD01WE)
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Post by: wardy89 on 12/15/2017 07:33 pm
Congratulations to all involved, nice to see SLC-40 back up and running.
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Post by: haywoodfloyd on 12/15/2017 07:35 pm
Was it my imagination or was one of the landing legs a little slow being deployed?

Oops. Missed giving congrats to all involved. 17 launches - amazing!
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Post by: Oersted on 12/15/2017 08:31 pm
Congratulations to all involved for another flawless launch and landing, and glad to see LC-40 back up and running.  For me, the most memorable moment of this one was the rocketcam shot showing Falcon's own contrail as it returned.

I just realised that for BFR we will be seeing the booster descend through its own contrail down to the cradle!  :-O
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Post by: Endeavour126 on 12/15/2017 10:19 pm
Congrats to the SpaceX team on the smooth launch and landing. After 45 days of waiting and a No-Launch November (surprisingly, SpaceX has never done a launch to orbit in November), it's nice to see the Falcon spread her wings again!

Also no launch in April this year.
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Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 12/15/2017 11:55 pm
https://twitter.com/DigitalGlobe/status/941814212686311424 (https://twitter.com/DigitalGlobe/status/941814212686311424)

DigitalGlobe

@DigitalGlobe

Congrats to @SpaceX on their successful launch today! Great shot of the Falcon 9 booster being hosed down afterward by #WV4
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/16/2017 04:03 am
Focus on the Dragon with continued updates here:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=44455.0
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Post by: Flying Beaver on 12/16/2017 04:15 am
SpaceX Official Pictures.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacex/

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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/16/2017 06:08 am
Two more SpaceX images
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Post by: RocketLover0119 on 12/16/2017 08:03 am
Congrats on a successful ( and somewhat routine) falcon launch and landing! Was cool seeing lz-2 with the x in the backround
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Post by: jacqmans on 12/16/2017 01:29 pm
December 15, 2017
RELEASE 17-096

NASA Sends New Research to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission


An experiment in space manufacturing and an enhanced study of solar energy are among the research currently heading to the International Space Station following Friday’s launch of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 10:36 a.m. EST.

Dragon lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida with more than 4,800 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies that will support dozens of the more than 250 investigations aboard the space station.

NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will use the space station’s robotic arm to capture Dragon when it arrives at the station. Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Installation coverage is set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

Research materials flying inside Dragon's pressurized area include an investigation demonstrating the benefits of manufacturing fiber optic filaments in a microgravity environment. Designed by the company Made in Space, and sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the investigation will attempt to pull fiber optic wire from ZBLAN, a heavy metal fluoride glass commonly used to make fiber optic glass. Results from this investigation could lead to the production of higher-quality fiber optic products for use in space and on Earth.

NASA's Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor, or TSIS-1, will measure the Sun's energy input to Earth. TSIS-1 measurements will be three times more accurate than previous capabilities, enabling scientists to study the Sun’s natural influence on Earth’s ozone, atmospheric circulation, clouds and ecosystems. These observations are essential for a scientific understanding of the effects of solar variability on the Earth system.

The Space Debris Sensor (SDS) will measure the orbital debris environment around the space station for two to three years. Once mounted on the exterior of the station, this one-square-meter sensor will provide near-real-time debris impact detection and recording. Research from this investigation could help lower the risks posed by orbital debris to human life and critical hardware.

This is SpaceX’s 13th cargo flight to the space station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon is scheduled to depart the station in January 2018 and return to Earth with more than 3,600 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplies.

For more than 17 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 2,100 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries.

Get breaking news, images and features from the space station on social media at:

https://instagram.com/iss

and

https://www.twitter.com/Space_Station
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Post by: llanitedave on 12/16/2017 06:25 pm
Congratulations to SpaceX on a fantastic and beautiful launch and landing!

2 things I noticed:  First, the first stage flip after staging was extremely fast, making for an efficiently timed boostback burn.  Second, no flaming fuel drip after landing!  The postlanding was very clean.
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Post by: Jdeshetler on 12/16/2017 07:38 pm
SpaceX - CRS-13 - Hosted Webcast & NASA side by side - Cropped & Stabilized

The onboard 1S clips is 4 seconds behind due to downloading link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMfzfpSbIuA
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Post by: Targeteer on 12/16/2017 09:54 pm
43060   DRAGON CRS-13   2017-080A      90.10min   51.64deg   354km   204km

43061   DRAGON CRS-13 DEB   2017-080B           89.90   51.64   338 202      
43062   DRAGON CRS-13 DEB   2017-080C           89.97   51.66   343   202
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/16/2017 09:59 pm
Different launch shot from NASA
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Post by: FutureSpaceTourist on 12/18/2017 09:26 am
I missed that there was a revision to the CRS launch license 2 weeks ago (attached - not sure when it was point on line).

Primarily this is to change references to "Falcon 9 version 1.2" to just become "Falcon 9", also:

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Revision 3 - Issued December 4, 2017
1)  Changed "Falcon 9 Version "1.2" to "Falcon 9"
2)  Paragraph (4)(a) removed "Forty-Five Million Dollars ($45,000,000) for covered claims resulting from
flight of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) or"
3)  Paragraph (4)(a) replaced "One Hundred Eighty-Five Million Dollars ($185,000,000)" with "One Hundred Sixty Million Dollars ($160,000,000)"
4)  Paragraph (5)(b) replaced "Thirteen Million Dollars ($13,000,000)" with "Forty-Three Million Dollars ($43,000,000)"
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Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 12/21/2017 06:20 pm
Core probably on its way to Hangar AO at CCAFS

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc7xdQwHcHF/
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Post by: vaporcobra on 01/25/2018 08:49 pm
Some final pictures of C108's second departure from the ISS, posted to NASA Johnson's Flickr account :)
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Post by: gongora on 05/01/2018 09:45 pm
Tweet from Peter B. de Selding: (https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/991365469864067072)
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Space Debris Sensor for @NASA, installed on #ISS Jan. 1 to measure impacts, failed on Jan 26 and is still down. Work continues to bring it back to service, NASA says. Designed to operate on ISS exterior for 2-3 yrs.