SpaceX CRS-18

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SpaceX CRS-18
Dragon ISS.jpg
Artist rendering of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft being berthed to ISS
Mission typeISS resupply
OperatorSpaceX
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftDragon C20
Spacecraft typeDragon CRS
ManufacturerSpaceX
Dry mass4,200 kg (9,300 lb)
DimensionsHeight: 6.1 m (20 ft)
Diameter: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Start of mission
Launch date24 July 2019, 22:24 UTC (planned)[1]
RocketFalcon 9
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-40
ContractorSpaceX
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Inclination51.6°
Berthing at ISS
Berthing portHarmony nadir or Unity nadir
RMS capturePlanned: July 2019
Berthing datePlanned: July 2019
NASA SpX-18 mission patch
NASA SpX-18 mission patch  

SpaceX CRS-18, also known as SpX-18, is SpaceX's 18th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services program for NASA. Launch is currently anticipated on 24 July 2019 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.[1]

The same Dragon capsule has previously flown to the ISS in April 2015 and December 2017.[2] This is the first time a capsule is used for a third flight.

Launch schedule history[edit]

On February 2016, it was announced that NASA had awarded a contract extension to SpaceX for five CRS additional missions (CRS-16 to CRS-20).[3] This flight was originally scheduled in December 2016[4] before two delays to July 2019.[5][1]

Primary payload[edit]

NASA has contracted for the CRS-18 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the primary payload, date/time of launch, and orbital parameters for the Dragon space capsule. It will carry the third International Docking Adapter (IDA-3).[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Launch Schedule". Spaceflight Now. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. ^ @SpaceX (19 July 2019). "The Dragon spacecraft supporting this mission previously visited the @space_station in April 2015 and December 2017" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ de Selding, Peter B. (24 February 2016). "SpaceX wins 5 new space station cargo missions in NASA contract estimated at $700 million". Space News. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  4. ^ NASA Office of Inspector General (June 28, 2016). NASA’s Response to SpaceX’s June 2015 Launch Failure: Impacts on Commercial Resupply of the International Space Station (PDF) (Report). NASA Office of Inspector General. p. 13. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  5. ^ "Upcoming Missions". SpaceXNow.com. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  6. ^ Pietrobon, Steven (August 20, 2018). "United States Commercial ELV Launch Manifest". Retrieved August 21, 2018.

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