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


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.


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.

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.


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.
Monday, Apr 30 (L-0 day): NASA TV live coverage starts during 11 a.m. and concludes during approximately 1 p.m.
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.

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

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.


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:


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:

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

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

For information on NASA’s COTS program, visit:

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