SpX-DM1

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SpX-DM1
Mission typeTest flight
OperatorNASA, SpaceX
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDragon 2
ManufacturerSpaceX
Dry mass6,350 kg (14,000 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch dateNo earlier than February 2019[2]
RocketFalcon 9 Block 5
Launch siteKennedy LC-39A
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Inclination51.6 degrees
Docking with ISS
Time dockeda few weeks (planned)
SpX-DM2 →
The Dragon 2 capsule at SpaceX's LC-39A Horizontal Integration Facility.
The Dragon 2 capsule mounted aboard the Falcon 9, on the launchpad, with the gangway arm extended from the launch tower to the capsule

SpX-DM1 (SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1) will be the first orbital test of Dragon 2 as an uncrewed mission. It is scheduled for launch in February 2019.[2][3][4]

Mission[edit]

The spacecraft will test the approach and automated docking procedures with the International Space Station (ISS), remain docked for a few weeks, then conduct the full re-entry, splashdown and recovery steps to provide data requisite to subsequently qualify for flights transporting humans to the ISS. Life support systems will be monitored all along the test flight. The same capsule will be re-used later for an in-flight abort test.[5]

It will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket contracted by NASA's commercial crew program. Initial plans hoped to see CCDev2 flights as early as 2015,[6] and eventually DM1 was eventually slated for no earlier than December 2016, and then delayed several times throughout 2017 and into 2019.[7][8][9] The first exact date was published by NASA in November 2018 to be January 17, 2019,[10] but this got delayed to "no earlier than February".[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Environmental assessment of Dragonfly vehicle 2014" (PDF). FAA.
  2. ^ a b "SpaceX Demo-1 Launch Update". NASA. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  3. ^ "NASA Launch Schedule". NASA. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  4. ^ a b "SpaceX Demo-1 Launch Update". NASA Commercial Crew Program Blog. January 10, 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  5. ^ Foust, Jeff (February 4, 2016). "SpaceX seeks to accelerate Falcon 9 production and launch rates this year". SpaceNews. Retrieved March 21, 2016. Shotwell said the company is planning an in-flight abort test of the Crew Dragon spacecraft before the end of this year, where the vehicle uses its thrusters to separate from a Falcon 9 rocket during ascent. That will be followed in 2017 by two demonstration flights to the International Space Station, the first without a crew and the second with astronauts on board, and then the first operational mission.
  6. ^ https://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/space-exploration-technologies/falcon-9-with-crew-dragon-vertical-at-launch-complex-39a/
  7. ^ "First SpaceX commercial crew test flight could slip to 2019". SpaceNews.com. 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  8. ^ "SpaceX delays commercial crew test flights to latter half of 2018". SpaceNews.com. 2018-01-11. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  9. ^ "Report warns of additional commercial crew delays". SpaceNews.com. 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  10. ^ https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-media-to-spacex-demo-1-launch