Updated Coverage for NASA/SpaceX Launch and Mission to Station


Updated Coverage for NASA/SpaceX Launch and Mission to Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The second SpaceX proof launch for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) has been rescheduled for a liftoff on Saturday, May 19. The launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon plug will start from Space Launch Complex 40 during a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a singular immediate launch eventuality during 4:55 a.m. EDT.

NASA Television launch explanation from Cape Canaveral starts during 3:30 a.m.

During a flight, SpaceX’s Dragon plug will control a array of check-out procedures to exam and infer a systems, including a capability to eventuality and berth with a International Space Station (ISS). The primary objectives for a moody embody a flyby of a space hire 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. Once these capabilities are successfully proven, a Dragon will be privileged to berth with a space station.


Friday, May 18 (L-1 day): 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 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Press Site by supervision train during 9 a.m. for Space Launch Complex 40. Media will be returned during approximately 11 a.m. SpaceX confidence regulations need that media attending this eventuality be U.S. citizens.


Friday, May 18 (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 inside a fringe fence. Media who wish to attend in remote camera setup will skip from Kennedy’s Press Site by supervision train during 9 a.m. in organisation with a launch pad print eventuality and will be returned to a press site alone after remote camera set-up is complete. SpaceX confidence regulations need that media participating in this activity be U.S. citizens.


Friday, May 18 (L-1 day): The prelaunch news discussion for a NASA/SpaceX launch will be hold during a Kennedy Press Site during 1 p.m. NASA Television will yield live and streaming Internet coverage.

Participants in a prelaunch news discussion will be:

– Phil McAlister, Acting Director, NASA Commercial Spaceflight Development
– Alan Lindenmoyer, Manager, NASA Commercial Crew and Cargo Program
– Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX
– Joel Tumbiolo, Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Media member can attend in a news discussion in-person during Kennedy or around a phone overpass by job NASA’s Johnson Space Center newsroom during 12:45 p.m. during 281-483-5111.

Saturday, May 19 (Launch day):A postlaunch news discussion will be hold during Kennedy’s Press Site during approximately 8:30 a.m.

Audio of a launch and 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.

Saturday, May 19 (Launch day): A commission from a Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) will be during a Kennedy Press Site and permitted for interviews and examination demonstrations between 3 and 4:30 a.m. The students paint 3 of a experiments that will launch aboard a SpaceX Dragon as partial of a International Space Station NanoRacks 9 platform. A sign-up piece will be permitted in a newsroom for those media member wanting to speak to a students.

For information on a Student Spaceflight Experiments Program:



Saturday, May 19 (Launch day): NASA TV live coverage starts during 3:30 a.m. and concludes during approximately 5:30 a.m.

On launch day, “mission audio,” a launch conductor’s countdown activities but NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135 starting during 8 a.m. Launch information also will be permitted on internal pledge VHF radio magnitude 146.940 MHz, listened within Brevard County.


Monday, May 21 (Flight Day 3): Live coverage from NASA’s Johnson Space Center goal control in Houston as a Dragon booster performs a flyby 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.

Tuesday, May 22 (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.

Wednesday, May 23: Live coverage of a induce opening and entrance of a Dragon booster starts during 6 a.m. and will embody a rite during that a ISS organisation will symbol a occasion.

Johnson also will yield live coverage of a skip and reentry of a Dragon booster once a date is determined.


Saturday, May 19 (Launch day): News media might perspective a launch from a Kennedy Press Site. A sign-up piece will be permitted in a newsroom for those media member wanting to cover a launch from a NASA Causeway or from a roof of a Complex 39 Launch Control Center. These are essentially print locations as there are no comforts available. Buses will skip from a Press Site parking lot during 3:30 a.m.


Media who wish to attend a prelaunch events, including a prelaunch news discussion and launch, might ask accreditation online at:


The deadline for U.S. media to ask for launch accreditation is May16. The deadline for general media to ask has passed. Journalists who have already been authorized for accreditation do not need to reapply.

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

Thursday, May 17: noon – 4 p.m.
Friday, May 18: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 19: 1:30 – 4 a.m.

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


Thursday, May 17: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 18: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 19: 1 – 10:30 a.m.

Media badges will be current for entrance to a Kennedy Press Site by Gate 2 on State Road 3 on Merritt Island and Gate 3 on State Road 405, located easterly of a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. On launch day, usually Gate 3 will be open, that also can be accessed from State Road 3 around Space Commerce Way.

For serve information about media accreditation, hit Jennifer Horner during 321-867-6598.

For some-more information about a NASA/SpaceX launch, 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 Monday, May 14. U.S. media wanting entrance usually to Johnson contingency contention a ask for badging by Friday, May 18. Media who have already been authorized for accreditation do not need to reapply.

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:


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