Space Coast Daily TV to Air Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission June 29
By Space Coast Daily // June 25, 2018
15th resupply mission to International Space Station
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting no earlier than 5:42 a.m. EDT Friday, June 29, for the launch of its 15th resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Space Coast Daily TV will air the launch live on SpaceCoastDaily.com and Space Coast Daily Facebook page via NASA TV.
Packed with more than 5,900 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.
About 10 minutes after launch, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit. It then will deploy its solar arrays and begin a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings to reach the space station.
It will reach the space station on Monday, July 2. NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, backed up by fellow NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, will supervise the operation of the Canadarm2 robotic arm for Dragon’s capture while NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor monitors the spacecraft’s systems.
After Dragon capture, ground commands will be sent from mission control in Houston for the station’s arm to rotate and install it on the bottom of the station’s Harmony module.
Friday, June 29
• 5:15 a.m. – Coverage begins for the 5:42 a.m. launch
• 8 a.m. – Postlaunch news conference at Kennedy with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program and SpaceX.
Monday, July 2
• 5:30 a.m. – Dragon rendezvous, grapple and berthing at the space station. Capture is scheduled for approximately 7 a.m.
• 9 a.m. – Dragon installation to the Nadir port of the station’s Harmony module
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