Author Topic: SpaceX Falcon 9 : CRS-16 (Dragon SpX-16) : December 5, 2018 - UPDATES  (Read 64818 times)

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UPDATE ONLY thread for CRS-16

NSF Threads for CRS-16 : Discussion / Updates / CRS-16 Dragon Updates after launch
NSF Articles for CRS-16: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/?s=CRS-16

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

Successful launch December 5, 2018 at 1:16pm EDT (18:16 UTC) on Falcon 9 (new booster 1050) from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral. The Dragon capsule was previously used on the CRS-10 mission.  RTLS landing was expected, but a grid fin failure resulted in the booster coming down in the water a couple of miles offshore.



External cargo: GEDI, RRM3



Other SpaceX resources on NASASpaceflight:
   SpaceX News Articles (Recent)  /   SpaceX News Articles from 2006 (Including numerous exclusive Elon interviews)
   SpaceX Dragon Articles  /  SpaceX Missions Section (with Launch Manifest and info on past and future missions)
   L2 SpaceX Section
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Launch weather forecast only 40% GO Tuesday (80% Wednesday), upper level winds are sporty too:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 60%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule, Flight Through Precipitation
 
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 20%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Liftoff Winds
« Last Edit: 12/01/2018 06:21 AM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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NASA has provided an update on ELaNa CubeSat launches
https://www.nasa.gov/content/upcoming-elana-cubesat-launches
On Spx-16 these cubesats are planned
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ELaNa 21
Date:  NET December 4, 2018
Mission:  SpaceX-16 – Falcon 9, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
2 CubeSat Missions scheduled to be deployed
TechEdSat-8 – NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett, California
UNITE – University of South Indiana, Evansville, Indiana

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L-3 launch forecast, no change to Tuesday but even better on Wednesday, although upper level winds very strong:

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Launch day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 60%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Cumulus Cloud Rule, Flight Through Precipitation
 
Delay day probability of violating launch weather constraints: 10%
Primary concern(s): Thick Cloud Layer Rule, Liftoff Winds

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The to-the-second instantaneous launch time for 4 December is 13:38:53 EST (1838:53 UTC)

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Trunk!

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Two upcoming NASA missions, Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) and the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI), are nestled side-by-side like old friends in the trunk of Dragon, @SpaceX’s first commercial spacecraft in history to deliver cargo to @iss and safely return. On December 4, these two payloads will be launching together from @nasakennedy on the 16th SpaceX commercial resupply mission.
 
RRM3 (left) is the third phase of an ongoing technology demonstration on the International Space Station. It will be testing the storage and transfer of cryogenic spacecraft fuel, which is useful for deep space travel. RRM3 will pioneer technologies which could help extend human exploration missions and enable refueling for future missions from the Moon or Mars.
 
Using lidar, GEDI (right) will help scientists create the first three-dimensional map of the world’s temperate and tropical forests. These measurements will yield insights into how much carbon is stored in forests, as well as the potential for the world’s ecosystems to absorb increasing concentrations of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere.
 
Credit: SpaceX
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L-1 forecast has been released. Probability of acceptable weather for the primary launch day has improved from 40% to 60%, for the delay day it remains unchanged at 90%. No changes to upper level winds.
GO for launch, GO for age of reflight

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Weather Improves to 60 Percent Chance Favorable for SpaceX CRS-16 Launch

Linda Herridge Posted on December 3, 2018

Meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing predict a 60 percent chance of favorable weather for liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the company’s 16th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 4 at 1:38 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. On launch day, the primary weather concerns are violation of the thick cloud layer and cumulus cloud rules and flight through precipitation.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2018/12/03/weather-improves-to-60-percent-chance-favorable-for-spacex-crs-16-launch/

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Prelaunch briefing coming up in 5mins.

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Working a small issue with the Mouse-tronauts.  Food was contaminated with mold. Have to be replaced.  Working new timeline.  Making launch tomorrow WILL BE TIGHT because of this.

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Hans: Coming from post-launch mood.  Having to switch to pre-launch mode.

If launch happens on time tomorrow, it will come 24hrs 4mins after SSO-A launch.

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Weather concerns tomorrow is the frontal systems.  Front should be to Cape's south by launch time.  Clouds and showers expected.  Thick clouds left behind the front will be primary concern for Tues.

24hr delays.  Winds are higher but good be within limits.

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SpaceX confirms that NO Stage 2 inspections of the CRS-16 mission Falcon 9 were needed.  The SSO-A Stage 2 inspections were unique to Vandenberg launch equipment.

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In principle this Dragon could be on orbit at the same time as DM-1.  There are variables.  They have to be able to handle 2 Dragons on orbit at the same.  Ideally sounds like they'd like to have this CRS-16 Dragon back before DM-1 Dragon launches because fo nature of DM-1 mission.  But it is possible for CRS-16 and DM-1 flights to overlap.

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Specific windows for Tuesday and Wednesday for right now:

Dec. 4 - 13:38:51 EST (1838:51 UTC)
Dec. 5 - 13:16:18 EST (1816:18 UTC)

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Says late load will occur late tonight
"The Falcon has landed"

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Hans confirmed future launches will use firing room 4 (He likes the view from there). This launch will not use firing room 4.
« Last Edit: 12/03/2018 08:10 PM by flyright »

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