[amsat-bb] Revised NASA TV Coverahe

Clint Bradford clintbradford at mac.com
Fri May 11 14:08:58 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 Saturday, May 19. The launch 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 4:55 a.m. EDT. 

NASA Television launch commentary from Cape Canaveral begins at 3:30 

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 (ISS). 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. 


Friday, May 18 (L-1 day): 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 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. 


Friday, May 18 (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 inside the 
perimeter fence. Media who want to participate in remote camera setup 
will depart from Kennedy's Press Site by government bus at 9 a.m. in 
association with the launch pad photo opportunity and will be 
returned to the press site separately after remote camera set-up is 
complete. SpaceX security regulations require that media 
participating in this activity be U.S. citizens. 


Friday, May 18 (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. 

Participants in the prelaunch news conference will be: 

- Phil McAlister, Acting Director, NASA Commercial Spaceflight 
- Alan Lindenmoyer, Manager, NASA Commercial Crew and Cargo Program 
- Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX 
- Joel Tumbiolo, Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape 
Canaveral Air Force Station 

Media representatives can participate in the news conference in-person 
at Kennedy or via a phone bridge by calling NASA's Johnson Space 
Center newsroom at 12:45 p.m. at 281-483-5111. 

Saturday, May 19 (Launch day):A postlaunch news conference will be 
held at Kennedy's Press Site at approximately 8:30 a.m. 

Audio of the launch and 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. 

Saturday, May 19 (Launch day): A delegation from the Student 
Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) will be at the Kennedy Press 
Site and available for interviews and experiment demonstrations 
between 3 and 4:30 a.m. The students represent three of the 
experiments that will launch aboard the SpaceX Dragon as part of the 
International Space Station NanoRacks 9 platform. A sign-up sheet 
will be available in the newsroom for those media representatives 
wanting to talk to the students. 

For information on the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program: 



Saturday, May 19 (Launch day): NASA TV live coverage begins at 3:30 
a.m. and concludes at approximately 5:30 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. 


Monday, May 21 (Flight Day 3): Live coverage from NASA's Johnson Space 
Center mission control in Houston as the Dragon spacecraft performs 
its flyby 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 station. 
A news briefing will be held following the activities. 

Tuesday, May 22 (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. 

Wednesday, May 23: Live coverage of the hatch opening and entry of the 
Dragon spacecraft begins at 6 a.m. and will include a ceremony during 
which the ISS crew will mark the occasion. 

Johnson also will provide live coverage of the departure and reentry 
of the Dragon spacecraft once a date is determined. 


Saturday, May 19 (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 3:30 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 
May16. 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 

Thursday, May 17: noon - 4 p.m. 
Friday, May 18: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Saturday, May 19: 1:30 - 4 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. 


Thursday, May 17: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Friday, May 18: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Saturday, May 19: 1 - 10:30 a.m. 

Media badges will be valid for access to the Kennedy Press Site 
through Gate 2 on State Road 3 on Merritt Island and Gate 3 on State 
Road 405, located east of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. 
On launch day, only Gate 3 will be open, which also can be accessed 
from State Road 3 via Space Commerce Way. 

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, May 14. U.S. media 
wanting access only to Johnson must submit a request for badging by 
Friday, May 18. 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: 



Clint Bradford
clintbradford at mac.com

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