September 30, 2012 advisory from NASA confirming launch dates for next ISS re-supply mission:
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first SpaceX launch for NASA’s Commercial
Resupply Services (CRS) contract is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7,
from Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in
There is a single instantaneous launch opportunity for the
Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule at 8:35 p.m. EDT. Backup launch
opportunities are available on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, if needed.
NASA Television launch coverage from Cape Canaveral begins at 7 p.m.
on Oct. 7.
The launch of the Dragon spacecraft, designated SpaceX CRS-1, will be
the first of 12 contracted flights by the company to resupply the
International Space Station and is the second trip by a Dragon to the
station, following a successful demonstration mission in May.
Under the CRS contract, SpaceX will restore an American capability to
deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including science
experiments, to the orbiting laboratory — a capability not available
since the retirement of the space shuttle.
The Dragon will be filled with about 1,000 pounds of supplies. This
includes critical materials to support the 166 investigations planned
for the station’s Expedition 33 crew, including 63 new
The Dragon will return about 734 pounds of scientific
materials, including results from human research, biotechnology,
materials and educational experiments, as well as about 504 pounds of
space station hardware.
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