A pair of briefings this afternoon will offer details about the CRS-7 mission, the science to be conducted on the International Space Station and the latest news about the launch status and expected conditions for Sunday at 10:21 a.m. EDT. Forecasters this morning remain confident of acceptable conditions at the launch site Sunday and continue to call for a 90 percent chance of ‘go’ weather.
Both of today’s briefings will be conducted at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and will air on NASA TV. They can be watched at www.nasa.gov/ntv. The first begins at 1 p.m. EDT and features a panel discussing aspects of science, research and technology aboard the International Space Station. Participants are:
Dr. Julie Robinson, chief program scientist, International Space Station, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Dr. Michael B. Stenger, principal investigator, Fluid Shifts, Wyle Science Technology and Engineering Group, Houston
Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, principal investigator, Microchannel Diffusion, Houston Methodist Research Institute, for the Center for the Advancement for Science in Space (CASIS)
Alex Kipman, technical fellow, Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft
Jeff Norris, Sidekick Project lead, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The second briefing begins at 4:45 p.m. EDT and will update the status of the launch heading into launch weekend. Participants are:
Michael Suffredini, International Space Station Program manager, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of Mission Assurance, SpaceX
Kathy Winters, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron
For more details about the briefings and the mission, go to www.nasa.gov/spacex. Our coverage of mission preps will continue through the weekend and our countdown and launch coverage will begin Sunday morning at 9 a.m. heading toward a 10:21 a.m. liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.