SpaceX Dragon to make third ISS visit amid logistics schedule challenges

February 23, 2013 by Pete Harding

With less than one week now remaining until the launch of SpaceX’s second operational International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission, preparations to make the orbital outpost ready to receive the Dragon capsule are progressing smoothly. However, resupply flights for the remainder of the year continue to be re-shuffled around a packed and challenging logistics flight manifest.

Dragon’s latest mission:

The upcoming SpaceX Dragon mission will be the third Dragon flight to the ISS, but only the second operational cargo delivery by SpaceX under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.

Commonly known as CRS-2, the mission is designated as SpX-2 within the ISS program, as detailed on a NASA patch for the mission.

The SpX-2 mission is currently targeting a launch on Friday March 1 at around 3:10 PM GMT, or 10:10 AM local time at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, making for the first daylight launch of a Dragon spacecraft to the ISS – hopefully without further “tantrums” from any of the Falcon 9?s first stage Merlin 1C engines, although this mission will be the last flight before the new Falcon 9 v1.1 comes into service featuring improved Merlin 1D engines.

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