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The first of the SpaceX Dragon resupply missions is scheduled for launch today, 7 October, at 5:35 PM Phoenix time (8:35 PM EDT and 00:35 UTC).
You can view the SpaceX webcast here (coverage starts at 4:55 PM Ohoenix time), watch it on NASA TV.
The SpaceX / NASA prelaunch press conference is at 3:00 PM Phoenix time on NASA TV.
The schedule for the first 10 minutes:
- 00:00 Falcon 9 launch
- 00:25 Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
- 03:00 1st stage engine shutdown/main engine cutoff (MECO)
- 03:05 1st and 2nd stages separate
- 03:12 2nd stage engine starts
- 03:52 Dragon nose cone jettisoned
- 09:11 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO)
- 09:46 Dragon separates from 2nd stage
Weather outlook is for 40% chance of unfavorable weather, mostly a thick cloud violation, with some chance of flight through precipitation.
Cargo for the ISS on this mission includes:
- 260 pounds of crew food, clothing, low-sodium food kits and other crew supplies.
- 390 pounds of science gear, including a low-temperature Glacier freezer for experiment samples, fluids and combustion facility hardware, a commercial generic bioprocessing apparatus, cables for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and research gear for the Japanese and European space agencies.
- 225 pounds of space station hardware, including crew health care system components, life support system parts, filters and electrical components.
- 7 pounds of computer gear.
Return to Earth:
- 163 pounds of crew supplies.
- 518 pounds of vehicle hardware.
- 123 pounds of computer gear, Russian cargo and spacewalk equipment.
- 866 pounds of science gear and experiment samples, including 400 samples of crew urine.
You can download the SpaceX press kit (pdf).