SpaceX CRS-6

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SpaceX CRS-6
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 (NET January 2015)
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-6 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 eighth flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft, the seventh overall flight for the company's two-stage Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, and the sixth SpaceX operational mission contracted to NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract.

History[edit]

As of April 2014, the launch is scheduled by NASA for no earlier than (NET) than January 2015, with docking to the station occurring two days after that.[1]

Primary payload[edit]

NASA has contracted for the CRS-6 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the primary payload, date/time of launch, and orbital parameters for the Dragon space capsule.

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. ^ "Worldwide Launch Schedule". SpaceflightNow. 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

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