[amsat-bb] Updated Coverage for NASA/SpaceX Launch and Mission to Station

Clint Bradford clintbradford at mac.com
Fri Apr 27 14:25:03 PDT 2012



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The second SpaceX demonstration launch for 
NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) has been 
rescheduled for a liftoff on Monday, May 7. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 
rocket carrying a Dragon capsule will occur from Space Launch Complex 
40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a 
single instantaneous launch opportunity at 9:38 a.m. EDT. 
NASA Television launch commentary from Cape Canaveral begins at 8 a.m. 

During the flight, SpaceX's Dragon capsule will conduct a series of 
check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including the 
capability to rendezvous and berth with the International Space 
Station. The primary objectives for the flight include a flyby of the 
space station at a distance of approximately 1.5 miles to validate 
the operation of sensors and flight systems necessary for a safe 
rendezvous and approach. 

The spacecraft also will demonstrate the ability to abort the 
rendezvous. Once these capabilities are successfully proven, the 
Dragon will be cleared to berth with the space station. 


Saturday, May 5 (L-2 days): A photo opportunity of the Falcon 9 rocket 
and Dragon capsule on the launch pad will be available for the news 
media. Spokespeople from SpaceX will be available to answer 

Media will depart from NASA's Kennedy Space Center Press Site by 
government bus at 9:15 a.m. for Space Launch Complex 40. Media will 
be returned at approximately 11 a.m. SpaceX security regulations 
require that media attending this event be U.S. citizens. 


Sunday, May 6 (L-1 day): Media will be able to establish 
sound-activated remote cameras at the launch pad. The location is 
within Space Launch Complex-40 on the east side of the pad outside 
the perimeter fence. Media who want to participate in remote camera 
setup will depart from Kennedy's Press Site by government bus at 
10:30 a.m. Only photographers establishing remote cameras can 
participate in this activity. SpaceX security regulations require 
that media participating in this activity be U.S. citizens. 


Sunday, May 6 (L-1 day): The prelaunch news conference for the 
NASA/SpaceX launch will be held at the Kennedy Press Site at 1 p.m. 
NASA Television will provide live and streaming Internet coverage. 

Monday, May 7, (Launch Day): A postlaunch news conference will be held 
at Kennedy at approximately noon. 

Media representative can participate in the news conference in- person 
at Kennedy or via a phone bridge by calling NASA's Johnson Space 
Center newsroom at 11:45 a.m. at 281-483-5111. 

Audio of the prelaunch and postlaunch news conferences also will be 
carried on the NASA "V" circuits, directly accessible by dialing 
321-867-1220, 1240, 1260 or 7135. The briefings will be streamed live 
on the agency's website. 


Monday, April 30 (L-0 day): NASA TV live coverage begins at 8 a.m. and 
concludes at approximately 10:30 a.m. 

On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor's countdown 
activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 
321-867-7135 starting at 8 a.m. Launch information also will be 
available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz, heard 
within Brevard County. 


Tuesday, May 8 (Flight Day 2): An update on the Dragon's flight during 
the daily "ISS Update" program from NASA's Johnson Space Center airs 
at 11 a.m. 

Wednesday, May 9 (Flight Day 3): Live coverage from NASA's Johnson 
Space Center mission control in Houston as the Dragon spacecraft 
performs its fly-under of ISS to test its systems begins at 2:30 a.m. 
and will continue until the Dragon passes out of the vicinity of the 

A news briefing will be held following the activities. 

Thursday, May 10 (Flight Day 4): Live coverage of the rendezvous and 
berthing of the Dragon spacecraft to the station begins at 2 a.m. and 
will continue through the capture and berthing of the Dragon to the 
station's Harmony node. A news briefing will be held once Dragon is 
secured to the ISS. 

Friday, May 11: Live coverage of the hatch opening and entry of the 
Dragon spacecraft includes a ceremony during which the ISS crew will 
mark the occasion. 

Thursday, May 24: A news briefing at Johnson will preview the 
following day's unberthing and splashdown of the Dragon spacecraft. 

Friday, May 25: Live coverage of the unberthing, re-entry and 
splashdown of the Dragon spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean. Specific 
times of coverage will be provided at a later date. 


Monday, May 7 (Launch day): News media may view the launch from the 
Kennedy Press Site. A sign-up sheet will be available in the newsroom 
for those media representatives wanting to cover the launch from the 
NASA Causeway or from the roof of the Complex 39 Launch Control 
Center. These are primarily photo locations as there are no 
facilities available. Buses will depart from the Press Site parking 
lot at 8:15 a.m. 


Media who want to attend the prelaunch events, including the prelaunch 
news conference and launch, may request accreditation online at: 


The deadline for U.S. media to apply for launch accreditation is May 
4. The deadline for international media to apply has passed. 
Journalists who have already been approved for accreditation do not 
need to reapply. 

The Gate 2 Pass and Identification Building on State Road 3, Merritt 
Island, will be open to pick up press credentials on the following 

Friday, May 4: noon - 4 p.m. 
Saturday, May 5: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Sunday, May 6: 9 a.m. - noon 
Monday, May 7: 3:30 - 8:30 a.m. 

News media credentials will be valid for mission activities from 
launch through splashdown at both the Kennedy Space Center and 
Johnson Space Center. 


Friday, May 4: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday, May 5: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Sunday, May 6: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Monday, May 7: 4 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Media badges will be valid for access to the Kennedy Press Site 
through Gate 2 on State Road 3, Merritt Island; Gate 3 on State Road 
405, located east of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; and 
Gate 4 on State Road 3, south of County Road 402 near the entrance to 
the Canaveral National Seashore. 

For further information about media accreditation, contact Jennifer 
Horner at 321-867-6598. 

For more information about the NASA/SpaceX launch, contact the Kennedy 
Press Site at 321-867-2468 or visit: 



Media who are credentialed with badges at Kennedy for launch 
activities will have their badges honored at Johnson for the duration 
of the SpaceX mission. Please contact the Johnson newsroom for work 
space information. 

International media wanting access only to Johnson must submit the 
required documentation for badging by Monday, April 30. U.S. media 
wanting access only to Johnson must submit a request for badging by 
Friday, May 4. Media who have already been approved for accreditation 
do not need to reapply. 

For mission information, contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 
or visit: 


For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming 
video, visit: 


For up-to-date SpaceX mission information and a schedule of NASA TV 
coverage, visit: 


For further information on NASA's COTS program, go to: 



Clint Bradford
clintbradford at mac.com

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