SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 first stage landing again with SpX-6 flight

August 1, 2017 – 09:36 am

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft Falcon 9 v1.1 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 Commercial Resupply Services SpX-6 SpaceX photo posted on SpaceFlight InsiderSpaceX and NASA are currently planning to launch the sixth operational Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station on Apr. 13 at 4:33 p.m. EDT (20:33 GMT). Photo Credit: NASA

SpaceX Falcon_9_dscovr-jared_haworthCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has prepared both the cargo version of the firm’s Dragon spacecraft and the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle that it will carry aloft, and are being readied for a planned April 13 liftoff. If everything goes according to plan, the booster will thunder off of the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 at 4:33 p.m. EDT (20:33 GMT). On board the cargo vessel will be some 4, 300 lbs (1, 950 kg) worth of cargo, experiments, and crew supplies bound for the International Space Station. When the rocket’s first stage has completed its job, it will be directed to carry out the second landing attempt on a vessel out in the Atlantic Ocean off the Coast of Jacksonville, Florida.

Falcon 9 v1.1 landing leg strut Hawthorne California SpaceX photo posted on SpaceFlight InsiderAs with every launch for one of the Falcon 9 boosters, the last milestone on the path to orbit was the static fire test that the aerospace company conducted on April 11, 2015, at around 5:00 p.m. EDT (21:00 GMT). With this last essential test completed, the company was freed up to carry out tomorrow’s launch – and landing attempt of the Falcon 9’s first stage.

“Dragon will stay up there for 35 days, the longest that we’ve ever been on station, ” Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s Vice President of Mission Assurance. “In terms of tomorrow’s landing attempt, conditions are much improved compared to last time. There would be an epic landing party! (laughs)”

orbcomm_launch_logo_close_ photo credit SpaceX posted on SpaceFlight InsiderOnce this mission is complete, with the Dragon spacecraft bobbing in the Pacific Ocean off the Coast of California, SpaceX will have six more flights to complete under the .6 billion contract that SpaceX has with NASA. Under this agreement, the Hawthorne, California-based firm is contractually obligated to fly 12 missions, with some 20, 000 kg worth of cargo to the space station.

For tomorrow’s mission, SpaceX will have what is called an “instantaneous” launch window. In short, launch controllers have just one second to get the rocket and its precious cargo off of the launch pad and into the sky. After the booster takes to the skies, the aerospace company will be relying on the technology that it has incorporated into the Falcon 9 which has seen the rocket launch 16 times in six years.SpaceX Dragon C2+ Capsule on display at KSC photo credit Jared Haworth SpaceFlight Insider Outside of a single “engine out” anomaly in October 2012, all of the Falcon 9 flights have been 100 percent successful – and even that engine anomaly gave a first (unscheduled) demonstration of the Falcon 9’s “engine out” capability in flight.

SpaceX entered into an agreement with NASA to fly to the ISS with the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS ) contract in 2006 along with the now-defunct Rocketplane Kistler (RpK ). With the successful completion of the COTS 2 mission, which was flown in May of 2012, this mission, in essence, saw the COTS 2 and COTS 3 demonstration missions merged into a single flight – Dragon C2+, which SpaceX carried out almost flawlessly.


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