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SpaceX CRS-17

SpaceX CRS-17
Dragon ISS.jpg
Artist rendering of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft being berthed to ISS
Mission typeISS resupply
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftDragon C19
Spacecraft typeDragon CRS
Dry mass4,200 kg (9,300 lb)
DimensionsHeight: 6.1 m (20 ft)
Diameter: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Start of mission
Launch dateApril 30 2019, 4:22 a.m. EDT (8:22 UTC) (planned)[1]
RocketFalcon 9
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-40
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Berthing at ISS
Berthing portHarmony nadir or Unity nadir
RMS captureApril 2019 (planned)
Berthing dateApril 2019 (planned)
NASA SpX-17 mission patch
NASA SpX-17 mission patch  

SpaceX CRS-17, also known as SpX-17, is a Commercial Resupply Service mission (CRS) to the International Space Station that is currently scheduled to launch on April 30, 2019 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.[2] The mission was contracted by NASA and is flown by SpaceX.

Launch schedule history

In February 2016, it was announced that NASA had awarded a contract extension to SpaceX for five CRS additional missions (CRS-16 to CRS-20).[3] As of June 2016, a NASA Inspector General report had this mission manifested for October 2018,[4] but by January 2019 this had been pushed back to April 2019.[5]

Due to Dragon 2 test anomaly on April 20, 2019, SpaceX acquired a permit to allow landing to drone ship just 28 kilometres (17 mi) downrange "to ensure the integrity of the area and preserve valuable information". [6][7]

Primary payload

NASA has contracted for the CRS-17 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the primary payload, date/time of launch, and orbital parameters for the Dragon space capsule. According to a 2016 presentation, the external payloads manifested for this flights were Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3) and STP-H6.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Launch Schedule". April 19, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Rocket Launch: April 30, 2019, 4:22 AM ET | SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-17". Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  3. ^ de Selding, Peter B. (24 February 2016). "SpaceX wins 5 new space station cargo missions in NASA contract estimated at $700 million". Space News. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  4. ^ NASA Office of Inspector General (28 June 2016). NASA’s Response to SpaceX’s June 2015 Launch Failure: Impacts on Commercial Resupply of the International Space Station (PDF) (Report). NASA Office of Inspector General. p. 13. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Upcoming Missions". Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  6. ^ "FCC Application for special temporary authority". April 22, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "NASA moves ahead with cargo Dragon launch after Crew Dragon anomaly". April 22, 2019. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Kenol, Jules; Love, John (17 May 2016). Research Capability of ISS for a Wide Spectrum of Science Disciplines, Including Materials Science (PDF). Materials in the Space Environment Workshop, Italian Space Agency, Rome.

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