The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship CRS-23 will dock at the International Space Station today (Aug. 30) just over a day after launching into space on Sunday and you can watch it live here.
The uncrewed resupply ship will dock itself at the station at 10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT) to deliver more than 4,800 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of supplies. NASA’s webcast of the docking will begin at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) as the Dragon approaches the station.
You can watch the docking live in the window above, courtesy of NASA TV.
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the CRS-23 cargo mission to the International Space Station on Aug. 29, 2021.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the CRS-23 cargo mission to the International Space Station on Aug. 29, 2021. (Image credit: NASA TV)
SpaceX is targeting Saturday, August 28 for Dragon’s launch of its 23rd Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-23) mission. Liftoff is targeted for 3:37 a.m. EDT, or 7:37 UTC, from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. A backup launch opportunity is available on Sunday, August 29 at 3:14 a.m. EDT, or 7:14 UTC.
Falcon 9’s first stage booster previously supported SpaceX’s Crew-1 and Crew-2 missions, which launched astronauts to the International Space Station, and launch of SXM-8. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “A Shortfall of Gravitas” droneship, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Dragon spacecraft supporting this mission previously supported SpaceX’s 21st Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-21) mission. Dragon will separate from Falcon 9’s second stage about twelve minutes after liftoff and autonomously dock to the space station on Sunday, August 29 at approximately 11:00 a.m. EDT, 15:00 UTC.
A live webcast of this mission will begin about 15 minutes prior to liftoff.
00:38:00 – SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for propellant load
00:35:00 – RP-1 (rocket grade kerosene) loading begins
00:35:00 – 1st stage LOX (liquid oxygen) loading begins
00:16:00 – 2nd stage LOX loading begins
00:07:00 – Falcon 9 begins pre-launch engine chill
00:05:00 – Dragon transitions to internal power
00:01:00 – Command flight computer to begin final prelaunch checks
00:01:00 – Propellant tanks pressurize for flight
00:00:45 – SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch
00:00:03 – Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
00:00:00 – Falcon 9 liftoff
LAUNCH, LANDING, AND DEPLOYMENT
00:01:12 – Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:27 – 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:30 – 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:38 – 2nd stage engine starts
00:02:43 – 1st stage boostback burn begins
00:05:49 – 1st stage entry burn begins
00:07:38 – 1st stage landing
00:08:34 – 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO)
00:11:45 – Dragon separates from 2nd stage
NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting Saturday, Aug. 28, at 3:37 a.m. EDT to launch its 23rd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff will be from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew.
Live coverage will air on NASA Television, the NASA app and the agency’s website, with prelaunch events starting Friday, Aug. 27.
Dragon will deliver a variety of NASA investigations, including one that will determine if metabolites from grape skins and seeds used in wine making could help prevent and treat osteoporosis. A new robotic arm scheduled for demonstration could reveal potential uses on Earth, including in disaster relief. Another experiment will test an implantable, remote-controlled drug delivery system that will utilize a new research facility aboard the orbiting laboratory. Several Girl Scouts’ experiments also will use this new facility to study plants, ants, and brine shrimp in microgravity.
About 12 minutes after launch, Dragon will separate from the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage and begin a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings to reach the space station. Arrival to the station is planned for Sunday, Aug. 29. Dragon will dock autonomously to the forward-facing port of the station’s Harmony module, with Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA monitoring operations.
The spacecraft is expected to spend about a month attached to the orbiting outpost before it returns to Earth with research and return cargo, splashing down off the coast of Florida.
Full coverage of this mission is as follows (all times Eastern):
Saturday, Aug. 28
3:15 a.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins for the 3:37 a.m. launch.
Sunday, Aug. 29
9:30 a.m. – NASA TV coverage begins for Dragon docking to space station.
11 a.m. – Docking.
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NASA TV launch coverage
Live coverage of the launch on NASA TV will begin at 3:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules, and links to streaming video, visit:
Audio of the news conference and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, “mission audio” countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary will be carried on 321-867-7135.
On launch day, a “clean feed” of the launch without NASA TV commentary will be carried on the NASA TV media channel.
NASA website launch coverage
Launch day coverage of the mission will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning no earlier than 3:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, as the countdown milestones occur. On-demand streaming video and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. For questions about countdown coverage, contact the Kennedy newsroom: at 321-867-2468. Follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at:
Attend the launch virtually
Members of the public can register to attend this launch virtually. Registrants will receive mission updates and activities by email. NASA’s virtual guest program for this mission also includes curated launch resources, notifications about related opportunities, and a virtual guest passport stamp following a successful launch.
Watch and engage on social media
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