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SPACEX CRS-13 (SpX-13) CARGO MISSION TO ISS, Dec 15, 2017, 10:36 am ET, post-launch press conf 12:00 pm ET (NASA TV)

UPDATE, December 15:  Launch took place on time today at 10:36 am ET.

UPDATE, December 12/13:  The launch has been delayed again, to December 15 at 10:36 am ET (time refined by one minute on December 13).  NASA TV coverage begins at 10:00 am ET.  A post launch press conference is scheduled for 12:00 pm ET.  If launch does not take place on December 15, it will be delayed until late December.

 

UPDATE December 11:  SpaceX announced this evening that it is delaying the launch from Dec 12 to Dec 13 “to allow for additional time for pre-launch ground systems checks.  The exact time of the launch on Dec 13 is 11:24 am ET.

UPDATE December 5/6, 2017:  The launch date has slipped again.  It is now December 12 at 11:46 am ET.  NASA TV coverage begins at 11:15 am ET.  The post-launch press conference is scheduled for 1:15 pm ET and will be broadcast on NASA TV.

Updated entry: SpaceX will launch its 13th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) cargo mission to the International Space Station (SpaceX CRS-13 or SpX-13) on December 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm ET.

The launch will be broadcast on NASA TV beginning at 12:45 pm ET. SpaceX also typically webcasts these launches on its website.

A post-launch press conference is scheduled for 3:00 pm ET and also will be broadcast on NASA TV.

Two pre-launch press conferences — mission status and “what’s on board” — are scheduled for the day prior to launch.

This will be the first SpaceX launch from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40)  at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS, adjacent to KSC) since a pre-launch accident significantly damaged it on September 1, 2016.   SpaceX leases SLC-40 from the Air Force.

In the interim, SpaceX has been launching these cargo missions, and others, from KSC’s Launch Complex 39-A, which SpaceX leases from NASA.

This is the first time SpaceX will be reusing a Falcon 9 first stage for a NASA mission.  SpaceX recovers most of its Falcon 9 first stages by landing them either on an autonomous drone ship at sea or returning them to a launch pad at CCAFS.  It has launched three “pre-flown” first stages for other customers, but this is the first time for NASA.

 

Note: the launch originally was scheduled for December 4, 2017.

Details

Date:
December 15
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 pm