NASA and SpaceX are now targeting this Wednesday for the next Dragon launch to resupply the International Space Station.
NASA and SpaceX are now targeting no earlier than 11:24 a.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 13th, for the company’s 13th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX requested additional time for prelaunch ground systems checks.
A media pad photo opportunity scheduled for 11:30 p.m., Dec. 11 has been canceled.
A Dragon spacecraft will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon is now scheduled to arrive at the space station on Saturday, Dec. 16.
NASA Television coverage for launch is as follows:
Wednesday, Dec. 13
10:45 a.m. – Launch commentary coverage begins
12:30 p.m. – Post-launch news conference with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program and SpaceX
Saturday, Dec. 16
4:30 a.m. – Dragon rendezvous at the space station and capture
7:30 a.m. – Installation coverage
Watch live on NASA Television and the agency’s website: www.nasa.gov/live.
Join the conversation online by following @space_station.
Earlier, the crew preparing for return to earth were busy with their test run in the Soyuz spaceship.
The Expedition 53 crew is getting ready to split up Thursday morning before another crew begins its mission next week. Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryazanskiy will pilot his crew mates Randy Bresnik of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency in the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft back to Earth after 139 days in space. The trio is scheduled to undock from the Rassvet module at 12:14 a.m. Thursday and parachute to a landing in Kazakhstan at 3:38 a.m.
New Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin will stay onboard the orbital laboratory with Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei of NASA until March. The trio have been onboard the station since Sept. 12 and will welcome a new set of crewmates next week when the Soyuz MS-07 crew ship arrives.
The next space travelers to board the station will be veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and new astronauts Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. They are the Expedition 54-55 crew and are in Kazakhstan in final training ahead of their launch Sunday at 2:21 a.m. Shkaplerov, flanked by Tingle and Kanai, will take a two-day trip inside the Soyuz to the station before docking Tuesday at 3:43 a.m. for a four-month stay at the station.
Written By: Mark Garcia NASA
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