SpaceX CRS-5

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SpaceX CRS-5
Dragon ISS.jpg
Artist rendering of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft being berthed to ISS
Mission type ISS resupply
Operator NASA
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Dragon
Manufacturer SpaceX
Start of mission
Launch date December 9, 2014 (planned)
Rocket Falcon 9 v1.1
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-40
Contractor SpaceX
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Epoch Planned
Berthing at ISS
Berthing port Harmony nadir
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SpaceX CRS-5 is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, contracted to NASA, and is currently manifested for launch in 2014. It will be the seventh flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft and the fifth SpaceX operational mission contracted to NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract.

Launch history[edit]

As of July 2014, the launch was tentatively scheduled by NASA for December 2014, with docking to the station occurring two days after launch. [1]

Primary payload[edit]

NASA has contracted for the CRS-5 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the primary payload, date/time of launch, and orbital parameters for the Dragon space capsule. The cargo for the mission includes the Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS), a light detection and ranging remote sensing instrument designed to measure the location, composition and distribution of pollution, dust, smoke, aerosols and other particulates in the atmosphere. CATS is to be installed on the Kibo external facility and is expected to run for at least six months, and up to three years.[2][3][4]

Secondary payload[edit]

SpaceX has the primary control over manifesting, scheduling and loading secondary payloads. However there are certain restrictions included in their contract with NASA that preclude specified hazards on the secondary payloads, and also require contract-specified probabilities of success and safety margins for any SpaceX reboosts of the secondary satellites once the Falcon 9 second stage has achieved its initial low-Earth orbit (LEO).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spaceflight Now - Tracking Station - Worldwide launch schedule". Spaceflightnow.com. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS)". Cats.gsfc.nasa.gov. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "NASA - Cloud-Aerosol Transport System". Nasa.gov. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "ISS to get Cloud Aerosol Transport System, a laser cannon - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 

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