SpaceX CRS-7 is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, contracted to NASA, and is currently manifested for launch in 2015. It will be the eight 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 seventh SpaceX operational mission contracted to NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract.
Primary payload [ edit ]
NASA has contracted for the CRS-7 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the primary payload, date/time of launch, and
orbital parameters for the Dragon space capsule.
As of July 2013
International Docking Adapter, IDA-1, is scheduled to be delivered to the International Space Station on CRS-7. This adapter will be attached to one of the existing [1 ] Pressurized Mating Adapters (specifically, PMA-2 or PMA-3) and convert the existing APAS-95 docking interface to the new NASA Docking System (NDS). [2 ] The new adapter is intended to facilitate future [3 ] docking of new US human-transport spacecraft. Previous US cargo missions since the retirement of the Space Shuttle have been berthed, rather than docked, while docking is considered the safer and preferred method for spacecraft carrying humans.
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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).
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