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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Reports Dragon Ready for Station Flyby
Flyby of ISS is planned forEARLY Thursday Morning, May 24th at 2:47am CDT
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 .
Image Credit: SpaceX
CEO Elon Musk reported today that the company's Dragon Cargo Capsule is ready for a demanding set of tests and
maneuvers [EARLY] Thursday morning.
“All systems green,” Musk tweeted. The
maneuvers are slated to include a flyby of the International Space Station that
will include communications and navigation system evaluations. The Dragon,
which is carrying supplies for the station, lifted off Tuesday morning from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to begin a demonstration mission to
show it can take cargo to the orbiting laboratory.
SpaceX Dragon capsule, visible through International Space Station’s cameras,
passed directly below the orbiting complex at a distance of 2.5 km at 6:24am CDT,
fulfilling all demonstration objectives for the day. A final height adjustment
burn to depart the vicinity of the Space Station will occur at 6:57am at which
point Dragon begins its “racetrack” trajectory to re-approach the station for
grapple and berthing attempts on Friday.
NOTE: I will have a new post up in morning and
NASATV’s schedule on coverage time too
case you missed it -- Here it is again…
Dragon Closes in on Space Station
The SpaceX Dragon capsule closes in on the
International Space Station for a series of tests to clear it for its final
rendezvous and grapple, Friday.