‘Flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon CRS-14 cargo ship poised for liftoff from Space
Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, on April 2 at 4:33
pm EDT to the ISS. Credit:
Ken Kremer — Space UpClose
— 2 April 2018
SPACE CENTER, FL – SpaceX is poised for
liftoff of their fourteenth commercial resupply mission for NASA to the International Space
Station (ISS) from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on Easter Monday
afternoon, April 2 – using both a flight proven Falcon 9 booster and Dragon
cargo vessel approved by NASA managers for only the second time.
Dragon CRS-14 cargo freighter is jam packed with nearly 3 tons of science and
supplies for the six person multinational crew serving aboard that will support
more than 50 research investigations.
cargo freighter is now slated for 4:30 p.m. EDT Monday, April 2 from seaside Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
window is instantaneous, meaning that any delay will force a 24 hour scrub to
Tuesday, April 3.
deliver over 5800 pounds of science and research, crew supplies and vehicle
hardware to the million pound orbiting laboratory for the Expedition 55/56
crews during its month long stay.
Sunday prelaunch briefing for reporters held at the KSC press site.
is also cooperating for the hordes of excited spectators flowing into area
Air Force meteorologists with the 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base Air Force continue to project very nice weather
with an 80 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time. The primary
concerns are for flight through precipitation and the cumulous cloud rule.
delay for any reason technical or weather, the weather forecast remains at 80 percent
favorable for the 24 hour scrub turnaround day on Tuesday, April 3.
the launch in Florida, you can always watch NASA’s live coverage on NASA
Television and the agency’s website.
coverage will be broadcast on NASA TV beginning
at 4 p.m. Apr 2 with additional commentary on the NASA launch blog.
live webcast beginning approximately 15
minutes before launch at about 4:15 p.m. EDT.
watch the launch live at NASA TV at – http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
watch the launch live at SpaceX hosted Webcast at – spacex.com/webcast
mission and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and the Falcon 9 first was
recycled from the CRS-12 mission and touched down softly and safely at LZ-1 at
with grid fins and landing legs, SpaceX will not attempt to recover this Block
4 version of the booster either on land or at sea. The droneship was not
the thrust and reentry and landing parameters to expand the envelope of return
the CRS-14 mission counts as the first of several planned for 2018.
after launch, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit, at which point it will
deploys its solar arrays and begins a carefully choreographed series of
thruster firings to reach the International
total cargo on board amounts to 5836 pounds/2647 kilograms. Of that 3794
pounds/1721 kg is pressurized cargo and 2041 pounds/926 kg is unpressurized and
loaded in the Dragon truck.
pounds/344 kg of crew supplies, 2359 pounds/1070 kg of science investigations,
218 pounds/99 kg of spacewalk equipment, 326 pounds/148 kg of vehicle hardware,
108 pounds /49 kg of computer resources, 24 pounds/11 kg of Russian hardware.
April 4. Expedition 55 Flight Engineers Norishege Kanai of the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency, backed up by NASA astronaut Scott Tingle,
will supervise the operation of the Canadarm2 robotic arm for Dragon’s capture.
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.
CRS-14, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and more space and mission
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SpaceX CRS-14 mission patch. Credit: SpaceX/NASA