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Dragon CRS-2 SpX-23

Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Launch Photos

Mission

Dragon CRS-2 SpX-23

Type: Resupply
Launch Cost: $52,000,000

SpaceX will launch the cargo variant of its Dragon 2 spacecraft on their 23rd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. The flight will be conducted under the second Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

Dragon will be filled with supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support science and research investigations that occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.

Mission patch for Dragon CRS-2 SpX-23

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

207 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5 – SpaceX

Family: Falcon
Length: 70 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 549 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 22800 kg

The Falcon 9 Block 5 was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2018-05-11. Falcon 9 Block 5 has 121 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 121 launches. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Block 5 variant is the fifth major interval aimed at improving upon the ability for rapid reusability.

Landing

B1061 successfully landed on the new ASDS ASOG after its 4th flight.

A Shortfall of Gravitas – ASOG

The fourth ASDS barge, A Shortfall of Gravitas (ASOG) is currently used to recover Falcon 9 and Heavy boosters in the Altantic Ocean.

Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship – ASDS

An autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) is an ocean-going vessel derived from a deck barge, outfitted with station-keeping engines and a large landing platform. Construction of such ships was commissioned by aerospace company SpaceX to allow for recovery of rocket first-stages at sea for high-velocity missions which do not carry enough fuel to return to the launch site after lofting spacecraft onto an orbital trajectory.

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

Long live the SpaceX Falcon . The life line for the ISS .

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

How do I find out where the boosters are scheduled to land?

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

Keep checking back here. Information will be on this page when it’s available.

Gary Hughes
Gary Hughes
1 year ago

Do you guys notify what direction the space craft flies? I’m north of you and would like to watch it if it comes our way!

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Gary Hughes
1 year ago

Not yet, but we are looking at integrating the data from https://flightclub.io/

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Gary Hughes
1 year ago

The Flight Club site shows the intended path. It also looks like the boosters are landing at sea but I could be wrong. I will drive over if they land at the Cape!

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

They have not landed back at the Cape with a northern trajectory before.

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
Admin
Reply to  Gary Hughes
1 year ago

Click on the FlightClub.io link under the mission section.

paul gilpin
paul gilpin
1 year ago

why does the front page and launch information say 2:35 AM CDT
and the utube page say 2:35 PM CDT?
it’s only 12 hours difference i know.
just askn’.

Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
1 year ago

Let’s have a successful launch,Spacex.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

Cool launch SpaceX another one for the text books.
The dream continues.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O' Neill
1 year ago

BREAKING NEWS :
Australia launched its first satellite on this mission thanks to SpaceX and NASA.
This is the first of many more as Australia has its own Space HQ in Adelaide, South Australia .
Stay tuned world we are coming . “Aussies in Space”.