Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lucky 7. Florida Tech's #SABOL (#ISSRC payload) off to #ISS on #CRS5. Go #Dragon!

+Florida Institute of Technology's payload SABOL, Self-Assembly in Biology and the Origin of Life (A study into Alzheimer’s), was +Space Florida's 7th sponsored payload winner from the International Space Station Research Competition, flying with +NanoRacks launched on +SpaceX's Falcon 9 inside the Dragon capsule. The experience is best retold in photos and videos. This program has been the most rewarding experience I have had at Space Florida with the opportunity to be a tangent-team member to 7 ISS payloads, and as one team politely commented, their shepherd.
"Congratulations on shepherding us into orbit!"
 To learn more about the ISSRC winning teams please visit:
The ISSRC was run by Space Florida and designed to inspire innovation as well as provide unique research opportunities and access to the ISS.
SABOL PI Professor Sam Durrance explains his payload and all-student FIT team's approach at the NASA Science Briefing for CRS-5
L to R: +Carl Carruthers from +NanoRacks, myself (Ryan Kobrick) from +Space Florida, Sam Durrance from +Florida Institute of Technology, and Tony Gannon from Space Florida.

NASA International Space Station Research and Technology Briefing
Friends and family of Space Florida, NanoRacks and NanoRack payloads
Getting up close and personal with Dragon after dusk.
Unfortunately not every VIP experience ends with a launch. Soon after this photo we were outside counting down and SpaceX had to hold the count, effectively scrubbing the launch attempt.
Finally up and out of here! A beautiful clear night. A combination of exhaustion from late night hockey and no sleep mixed with the 4:47am launch made it seem extra bright and loud. This image is three 30-second exposure stitched together,
These two photos stitched together really highlight the intensity of the experience of watching a rocket launch at night. This is what I like to call "One minute of spaceflight awesomeness" (the title needs some work).
Very happy campers post launch! IN the background you can see mission control in California where an enthusiastic crowd of employees is gathered at 2am on a Friday night / Saturday morning.

My iPhone amateur video of the first 90 seconds of flight. Then I went back to the camera to change the angle to capture the rocket in the upper atmosphere.

Some previous videos from our CRS-4 Media Day:

FIT's Team SABOL: Sam Durrance, Dylan Bell, and Jose Avendano at the SLSL.

FIT's Team SABOL: Sam Durrance presentation in the Space Life Sciences Lab.

The official stats:
Jan. 10 Falcon 9   •  SpaceX CRS 5
Launch time: 0947:10 GMT (4:47:10 a.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the seventh Dragon spacecraft on the fifth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Sept. 12. Moved up from Nov. 27. Delayed from Oct. 3, Dec. 1, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 19, 2014. Scrubbed on Jan. 6 and delayed from Jan. 9. Read our full story. [Jan. 10]


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