Coverage Set for NASA/SpaceX Launch and Mission to Space Station

MEDIA ADVISORY
:
M12-070

Coverage Set for NASA/SpaceX Launch and Mission to Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Following a execution of NASA’s moody willingness review, a second SpaceX proof launch for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) module is scheduled for Monday, Apr 30. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon plug will liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 during a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a singular immediate launch eventuality during 12:22 p.m. EDT.

NASA Television launch explanation from Cape Canaveral will start during 11 a.m.

During a flight, SpaceX’s Dragon plug will control a array of check-out procedures to exam and infer a systems, including eventuality and berthing with a International Space Station (ISS). The primary objectives for a moody embody a flyby of a ISS during a stretch of approximately 1.5 miles to countenance a operation of sensors and moody systems compulsory for a protected eventuality and approach. The booster also will denote a ability to cancel a rendezvous. After these capabilities are successfully proven, a Dragon will be privileged to berth with a ISS.

FALCON 9 LAUNCH PAD PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Saturday, Apr 28 (L-2 days): A print eventuality of a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon plug on a launch pad will be permitted for a news media. Spokespeople from SpaceX will be permitted to answer questions.

Media will skip NASA’s Kennedy Space Center press site by supervision train during 9:30 a.m. for Space Launch Complex 40. Media will be returned during approximately 11 a.m. SpaceX confidence regulations need that media member attending this eventuality be U.S. citizens.

 
REMOTE CAMERA SETUPS
 
Sunday, Apr 29 (L-1 day): Media will be means to settle sound-activated remote cameras during a launch pad. The plcae is within Space Launch Complex 40 on a easterly side of a pad outward a fringe fence. Media wanting to attend in remote camera setup will skip from a Kennedy press site by supervision train during 10:30 a.m. Only photographers substantiating remote cameras can attend in this activity. SpaceX confidence regulations need that media member participating in this activity be U.S. citizens.

PRELAUNCH AND POSTLAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCES
 

Sunday, Apr 29 (L-1 day): The prelaunch news discussion for a NASA/SpaceX Falcon 9 launch will be hold during a Kennedy Press Site during 1 p.m. NASA Television will yield live and streaming Internet coverage.

Monday, Apr 30 (L-0 day): A postlaunch news discussion will be hold during Kennedy during approximately 2 p.m.

Media member can attend in a news conferences in-person during Kennedy or around phone overpass by job NASA’s Johnson Space Center newsroom 15 mins before to a start of any lecture during 281-483-5111. For a postlaunch news conference, reporters also can ask questions directly from other NASA margin centers.

Audio of a prelaunch and postlaunch news conferences also will be carried on a NASA “V” circuits, directly permitted by dialing 321-867-1220, 1240, 1260 or 7135. The briefings will be streamed live on a agency’s website.
 
NASA TV LAUNCH COVERAGE
 
Monday, Apr 30 (L-0 day): NASA TV live coverage starts during 11 a.m. and concludes during approximately 1 p.m.
 
NASA TV MISSION COVERAGE
 
Tuesday, May 1 (Flight Day 2): An refurbish on a Dragon’s moody during a daily “ISS Update” module from NASA’s Johnson Space Center front during 11 a.m.
 
Wednesday, May 2 (Flight Day 3): Live coverage from NASA’s Johnson Space Center goal control in Houston as a Dragon booster performs a fly-under of ISS to exam a systems starts during 2:30 a.m. and will continue until a Dragon passes out of a closeness of a station. A news lecture will be hold following a activities.
 
Thursday, May 3 (Flight Day 4): Live coverage of a eventuality and berthing of a Dragon booster to a hire starts during 2 a.m. and will continue by a constraint and berthing of a Dragon to a station’s Harmony node. A news lecture will be hold once Dragon is cumulative to a ISS.
 
Friday, May 4: Live coverage of a induce opening and entrance of a Dragon booster includes a rite during that a ISS organisation will symbol a occasion.
 
Sunday, May 20: A news lecture during Johnson will preview a following day’s unberthing and splashdown of a Dragon spacecraft.
 
Monday, May 21: Live coverage of a unberthing, re-entry and splashdown of a Dragon booster in a Pacific Ocean. Specific times of coverage will be supposing during a after date.

KENNEDY MEDIA ACCREDITATION
 
Media member wanting to attend a prelaunch events, including a prelaunch news discussion and launch, might ask accreditation by induction online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

The Gate 2 Pass and Identification Building for a news media on State Road 3, Merritt Island, will be open to collect adult press certification on a following schedule:

Friday, Apr 27: noon – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Apr 28: 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Sunday, Apr 29: 9 a.m. – noon
Monday, Apr 30: 8 – 11:30 a.m.

News media certification will be current for goal activities from launch by splashdown during both a Kennedy Space Center and a Johnson Space Center.

For information about media accreditation, hit Jennifer Horner during 321-867-2468.

KENNEDY PRESS SITE – HOURS OF OPERATION

Friday, Apr 27: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Apr 28: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday, Apr 29: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, Apr 30: 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Media badges will be current for entrance to a Kennedy Press Site regulating Merritt Island’s Gate 2 on State Road 3, and Gate 3 on State Road 405 located easterly of a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

For launch information, hit a Kennedy press site during 321-867-2468 or visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy

JOHNSON MEDIA ACCREDITATION

Media who are credentialed with badges during Kennedy for launch activities will have their badges respected during Johnson for a generation of a SpaceX mission. Please hit a Johnson newsroom for work space information. International media wanting entrance usually to Johnson contingency contention a compulsory support for badging by Friday, Apr 20. U.S. media wanting entrance usually to Johnson contingency contention a ask for badging by Friday, Apr 27.

For goal information, hit a Johnson newsroom during 281-483-5111 or visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/johnson

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For present SpaceX goal information and a report of NASA TV coverage, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/spacex

For information on NASA’s COTS program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/cots

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