For coverage of Dragon’s arrival and stay at the International Space Station, please visit the Space Station Blog.
We’ve just posted our feature story about the CRS-5 launch and the supply of science and cargo it is carrying to the International Space Station. You can read it here: http://go.nasa.gov/1y2FHTa
With the Dragon spacecraft in good health and its flight going well, NASA has opted to cancel the post-launch news conference.
Thank you for being with us this morning for the countdown and launch of the SpaceX CRS-5 mission to the International Space Station. For updates throughout the mission, visit https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation.
A post-launch news conference will air on NASA TV at about 6:30 a.m. EST.
Today’s successful launch of the Dragon spacecraft kicks off a two-day orbital pursuit of the International Space Station. Rendezvous and grapple of the spacecraft is expected to take place Monday morning. Expedition 42 Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore of NASA will use the station’s 57.7-foot robotic arm to reach out and capture Dragon at approximately 6 a.m. Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency will support Wilmore as they operate from the station’s cupola. NASA TV coverage of grapple will begin at 4:30 a.m. Coverage of Dragon’s installation to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module will begin at 8:15 a.m.
The Dragon spacecraft will remain attached to the space station’s Harmony module for more than four weeks and then splash down in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, bringing with it almost two tons of experiment samples and equipment from the station.
Spacecraft separation! The Dragon spacecraft is flying solo in orbit following an early morning liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Second-stage burn complete. Standing by for Dragon spacecraft separation.