SpaceX CRS-2 to Launch March 1

The CRS-2 Falcon 9 rocket undergoing a static fire in preparations for launch

The CRS-2 Falcon 9 rocket undergoes a static fire in preparation for launch

As explained previously, KickSat and its payload of Sprites launches on the SpaceX CRS-3/ELaNa-5 mission no earlier than 2 October 2013. The final launch date depends on several factors, one in particular being the success of the SpaceX CRS-2 mission. The CRS-1 mission, summarized in an earlier post, started shaky but ended strong – an overall success.

Barring setbacks, CRS-2 launches tomorrow, March 1. A SpaceX Dragon capsule will be carried into orbit by one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. The Dragon capsule is expected to reach the International Space Station the next day. Read on for NASA’s official mission overview and links to live internet streams of the launch.

SpaceX CRS-2 press kit mission overview:

After SpaceX’s successful first official resupply mission to the International Space Station last October, SpaceX is set to launch its second Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission to the orbiting lab. The SpaceX CRS-2 mission is targeting launch at 10:10AM EST Friday, March 1 from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

If all goes as planned, Dragon will arrive at station on Saturday, March 2, where it will be grappled and berthed to the complex for an expected three-week visit. Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth on March 25 for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Baja California. Dragon is the only cargo craft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies from station to Earth, including experiments.

Information for viewing the launch live:

The launch will be webcast live, with commentary from SpaceX corporate headquarters in Hawthorne, California, at spacex.com/webcast, and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at www.nasa.gov/nasatv.

NASA TV and web will begin pre-launch coverage at 8:30AM EDT.

The official SpaceX webcast will begin approximately 40 minutes before launch.

Good luck to SpaceX on the CRS-2 mission!

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule head to the launch pad.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule head to the launch pad.

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