Friday, March 1, 2013

SpaceX CRS-2 or SpX-2 or SpaceX-2! Falcon 9 Launch of Dragon

The morning launch was very smooth. Everything on time and no crazy traffic. I'm sure as we approach human launches the crowds will grow. The launch seemed quick, and not as loud, but it was still great to see. Apparently Dragon had some thruster pod issues with only 1 of 4 working. They were able to fix a second pod and deploy the solar arrays. Hopefully they will reach station and the science can continue smoothly. We will know more soon... stay tuned! The white clouds behind the white rocket were not ideal for photos.

CRS-2 off to rendezvous with the International Space Station
The crowd in front of the CCAFS viewing bleachers

The official stats:
March 1 Falcon 9  •  SpaceX CRS 2
Launch time: 1510 GMT (10:10 a.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the fourth Dragon spacecraft on the second operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from December and Jan. 18. See our Mission Status Center. [March 1]


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