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December 15-21, 2014 / Vol 33, No 50 / Hawai`i Island, USA

12 Dec 2014, 21:22 UTC
December 15-21, 2014 / Vol 33, No 50 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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SpaceX Set to Launch Dragon CRS-5, Attempt Landing of Falcon 9 on Floating Platform

SpaceX is preparing to launch Dragon Commercial Resupply Mission 5 to International Space Station December 19 on a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida at 13:20 EST. Dragon is set to rendezvous and be grappled by Canadarm2, operated by members of Expedition 42 crew on Dec 21. This mission is carrying 1,678 kg of scientific experiments and supplies, and the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) which will be mounted to the external Kibo facility for at least 6 months (up to 3 years) to characterize and measure the worldwide distribution of clouds and aerosols. Dragon will also deliver the Texas A&M 50-kg AggieSat4 / Bevo-2 and Brazil 3U CubeSat built by SERPENS (Space System for the Realization of Research and Experiments with Nanosatellites) university consortium to be deployed from ISS. SpaceX will be attempting to advance its reusability capabilities by landing the Falcon 9 first stage (equipped with landing legs and grid fins) on a 91×52-meter floating platform, called the autonomous spaceport drone ship, on the Atlantic Ocean. The company has projected the likelihood of a successful landing at ...

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