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SpaceX Launches Dragon Cargo Ship to ISS

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Falcon 9 soars into the sky with the Dragon CRS-4 spacecraft. (Credit: NASA)

Falcon 9 soars into the sky with the Dragon CRS-4 spacecraft. (Credit: NASA)

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft launched to the International Space Station at 1:52 a.m. EDT Sunday, scheduled to arrive Tuesday morning. The mission will deliver, and later return, new technology, biology, biotechnology and Earth and space science research. Made in Space’s 3D printer is also on board the cargo ship.

Falcon 9 Launch Scrubbed; Next Attempt Early Sunday Morning

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SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon freighter bound for the International Space Station early Saturday morning due to bad weather over the launch site.

The company will try again Sunday morning at 1:52 a.m. EDT. This is an instantaneous launch window. They need to launch exactly on time or they will need to delay another day.

NanoRacks Updates Progress on Repairing CubeSat Deployer

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At about a foot in length and four inches wide, these three-unit (3U) CubeSats are similar in design to IceCube. (Credit: NASA)

At about a foot in length and four inches wide, these three-unit (3U) CubeSats are similar in design to IceCube. (Credit: NASA)

By NanoRacks

NanoRacks is pleased to announce that the deployers and CubeSats have been safely brought back inside the ISS.

At the same time, we continue to aggressively support NASA and JAXA activities to complete the NRCSD on-orbit anomaly fault tree analysis.

We again thank everyone at NASA Marshall Space Center, NASA Johnson Space Center and JAXA for their continued commitment to identify the root cause and take corrective steps to assure future safe operations and mission success.

Based on the analysis to date, we are exploring corrective procedures and hardware for those cubesats on the station as well as those planned for launch.

We’ll make further announcements as we continue to make progress.

Next Dragon Mission to ISS Set for Sept. 20

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Dragon berthed at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

Dragon berthed at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) – The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The one-day adjustment in the launch date was made to accommodate preparations of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and was coordinated with the station’s partners and managers.

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Report: Blue Origin Joined Boeing Commercial Crew Bid

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At Blue Origin’s West Texas facility, the BE-3 engine demonstrated a full simulated suborbital mission profile, igniting, throttling, and restarting on command. (Credit: NASA)

At Blue Origin’s West Texas facility, the BE-3 engine demonstrated a full simulated suborbital mission profile, igniting, throttling, and restarting on command. (Credit: NASA)

The Wall Street Journal reports that Blue Origin has joined Boeing’s commercial crew bid as a partner, although in what capacity remains unclear.

The newspaper also reports that Jeff Bezos’s space company will team with United Launch Alliance to develop a replacement first-stage engine for the Atlas V, which will launch Boeing’s CST-100 crew vehicle to the International Space Station. The new engine would replace the Russian RD-180 engine.

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Dragon to Carry Made in Space’s 3D Printer to ISS

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The 3-D printer passed flight certification and acceptance testing at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in April. The technology demonstration will print objects in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). The MSG Engineering Unit at Marshall is pictured in the background. (Credit:  NASA/Emmett Given)

TMike Snyder and Jason Dunn, both from Made In Space, assemble the 3-D printer that will fly to the International Space Station in the company’s cleanroom. (Credit: Made In Space)

By Jessica Eagan
International Space Station Program Science Office
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Riddle: It’s the size of a small microwave, and it may alleviate the need for NASA astronauts to wait for resupply ships to arrive at the International Space Station to get some essential items.

Answer: A 3-D printer — the first ever to be flown to space. And it could change the way NASA does business aboard the space station.

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ULA, SpaceX Set to Launch This Week From Florida

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Launch of Atlas V with NROL-33 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 22, 2014. (Credit: ULA)

Launch of Atlas V with NROL-33 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 22, 2014. (Credit: ULA)

There are two launches on tap this week from Cape Canaveral. The first is an ULA Atlas V on Tuesday, followed by a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Saturday.

The Atlas V mission with the CLIO payload is set to lift off on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 5:44 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window extends until 8:10 p.m. ULA webcasts its launches here.

CLIO is a top-secret satellite being launched for an unidentified government agency.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Dragon cargo spacecraft loaded with more than 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies, will lift off on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2:16 a.m. EDT.

NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 a.m. If for any reason the launch is postponed, the next launch opportunity is Sunday, Sept. 21 at approximately 1:53 a.m.

ISS Instrument to Be Assembled Robotically On Orbit

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RapidScat's two-part payload is shown in the trunk of a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Credit: NASA)

RapidScat’s two-part payload is shown in the trunk of a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Credit: NASA)

NASA Press Release

NASA’s ISS-RapidScat wind-watching scatterometer, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Sept. 19, will be the first science payload to be robotically assembled in space since the space station itself. This image shows the instrument assembly on the left, shrouded in white. On the right is Rapid-Scat’s nadir adapter, a very sophisticated bracket that points the scatterometer toward Earth so that it can record the direction and speed of ocean winds. The two pieces are stowed in the unpressurized trunk of a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Astronauts Continue Efforts to Deploy CubeSats From ISS

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Two three-unit (3U) CubeSats. At about a foot in length and four inches wide, these are similar in design to IceCube and the five selected heliophysics CubeSats. (Credit: NASA)

Two three-unit (3U) CubeSats. At about a foot in length and four inches wide, these are similar in design to IceCube and the five selected heliophysics CubeSats. (Credit: NASA)

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are continuing efforts to deploy CubeSats despite bulky equipment with the deploying mechanisms. NASA’s daily ISS status reports (see below) say efforts were made this week without success.

NanoRacks will be sending up a new command box which they believe will solve the problem. The next box should be on station early next year.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/04/14

NanoRacks CubeSat Deployers:  Additional attempts to launch CubeSats from deployers #4, 7, and 8 were made overnight without success. 24 commands were sent attempting to deploy #4, 30 commands were sent to deployer #7, and 17 deploy commands were sent to deployer #8.  Ground Teams are continuing to assess the issue and are working on a forward plan.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/03/14

NanoRacks CubeSat Deployers: Overnight, ground teams attempted deployment of three undeployed launchers (#4, 7, 8) without success. Additional deploy attempts are being planned this evening.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/25/14

NanoRacks Inadvertent Deploy: On Saturday, ground teams observed the inadvertent deploy of two Cosmogia CubeSats from Deployer #5 of the NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD). The ISS was still in the deploy attitude and the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) was still positioned for the deployment. No issues have been identified with the deployment trajectory, the CubeSats or the ISS. Ground teams are investigating the probable cause and discussing future operations with the NRCSD and CubeSats remaining in the deployer.

Sarah Brightman to Begin Space Training Early Next Year

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An update on singer Sarah Brightman’s space tourism trip to the International Space Station (ISS) next year:

British famed soprano singer Sarah Brightman would begin pre-flight trainings for her journey to the International Space Station (ISS) as a space tourist early next year, instead of this autumn, Yuri Lonchakov, the head of the Russia’s Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, said on Wednesday.

“She will begin trainings in the Star City in January of 2015 and therefore we are all waiting for her,” Lonchakov said adding that he believed “her training will be a success.”

Less than three months ago Lonchakov said that the famous singer had already passed a number of medical examination and tests and was ready to begin preparations for the trip to the ISS at the Star City space training facility in the Moscow Region in September or October.

Lonchakov’s earlier statement that Brightman could start her trainings this autumn was also confirmed in June by the president of the US-based company in charge of organizing her trip.

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