Hello and good morning — again — from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After a drone ship power issue caused a scrub of Friday’s planned 3:11 a.m. EDT launch, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft stand ready for a second attempt today.
Liftoff is targeted for 2:48 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with an instantaneous launch window. Join us here on the blog and on NASA Television beginning at 2:30 a.m. for updates from the countdown.
This morning’s launch attempt has scrubbed due to a drone ship power issue. The next launch opportunity will be at 2:48 a.m. EDT Saturday, May 4.
Launch coverage for the SpaceX CRS-17 mission to the International Space Station will begin at 2:30 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website. A launch of the SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft on Saturday will result in its arrival at the space station on Monday, May 6.
Hello and good morning from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft stand ready for liftoff at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Launch is targeted for 3:11 a.m. EDT today, with an instantaneous launch window.
Meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing predict a 70% chance of favorable weather for liftoff. The primary weather concerns for launch are thick clouds and ground winds.
Launch coverage continues, followed at 4:30 a.m. by a postlaunch news conference with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program and SpaceX. The launch and postlaunch news conference will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
The spacecraft will take two days to reach the space station before installation on Sunday, May 5. When it arrives, astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency will grapple Dragon, with NASA astronaut Nick Hague serving as backup. NASA astronaut Christina Koch will assist by monitoring telemetry during Dragon’s approach. After Dragon capture, mission control in Houston will send commands to the station’s arm to rotate and install the spacecraft on the bottom of the station’s Harmony module.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is topped by the company’s uncrewed Dragon spacecraft. Dragon is filled with more than 5,500 pound of supplies and payloads, including more than 250 science and research investigations that will take place onboard the International Space Station.
It is not this spacecraft’s first trip to the space station. The CRS-17 Dragon visited the orbiting laboratory in August 2017 during CRS-12.
Liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is targeted for 3:11 a.m. EDT today. Countdown activities are in progress at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where the rocket awaits launch on the company’s 17th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Be sure to join us here on the blog and on NASA Television beginning at 2:45 a.m. for updates from the countdown. Learn more about the SpaceX CRS-17 mission by going to the mission home page at http://www.nasa.gov/spacex.
Following this morning’s prelaunch news conference at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX is continuing to target Friday, May 3, for an instantaneous launch of its 17th Commercial Resupply Services Mission at 3:11 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
One factor to watch will be the weather.
“Normally I’m not the bearer of bad news but I kind of feel like I am today,” said Will Ulrich, a launch weather officer with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing. “We’ve been monitoring an area of disturbed weather over the Bahamas for the past few days, and that area of disturbed weather is encroaching upon the Space Coast.”
The launch day forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of favorable weather for liftoff of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft aboard the company’s Falcon 9 rocket. That prediction includes winds between 15-20 mph. The primary weather concerns are cumulus and thick cloud rule, and flight through precipitation.
The Dragon spacecraft will deliver supplies including critical materials to support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 59 and 60. The spacecraft’s unpressurized trunk will transport NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3) and Space Test Program-Houston 6 (STP-H6).
Follow along here on the blog and on NASA Television tomorrow beginning at 2:45 a.m. EDT for updates from the countdown.
NASA’s commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting 3:11 a.m. EDT on Friday, May 3, for the launch of its 17th resupply mission to the International Space Station. Packed with more than 5,500 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
This morning, Robotics Ground Controllers in Mission Control Houston successfully completed an operation to remove a failed Main Bus Switching Unit-3 and replace it with a spare. The MBSU in question had failed on April 29 and reduced the station’s power supply by about 25%. There were no immediate concerns for the crew or the station. The crew had installed a series of jumpers in Node 1 following the failure to reroute power to experiments and hardware and ensure limited impact to continued station operations.
The completion of the robotics work marks the second time an MBSU was swapped out by means other than a spacewalk. Since the successful replacement, the MBSU was powered up and checked out successfully with all station systems back to nominal power configuration, including redundant power to the Canadarm2 robotic arm.
NASA TV Coverage
Follow coverage of the SpaceX CRS-17 mission with prelaunch events on NASA Television and at www.nasa.gov/live.
11 a.m. — Prelaunch news conference with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station Program, SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing
NASA and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than Friday, May 3, for the launch of the company’s 17th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. Launch is scheduled for 3:11 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
On April 29, the space station team identified an issue with one of the station’s Main Bus Switching Units (MBSU) that distributes power to two of the eight power channels on the station. There are no immediate concerns for the crew or the station.
Flight controllers are scheduled to perform a series of maneuvers to robotically swap the failed MSBU for a spare on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2. After the swap is complete, flight controllers will conduct a series of checkouts on the newly installed MBSU and take steps to return the station to full power capability to support SpaceX capture and berthing.