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NASA’s Commercial Partners Complete Two Launches Four Days Apart

20 Aug 2017, 11:50 UTC
NASA’s Commercial Partners Complete Two Launches Four Days Apart
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: SpaceX delivered 6,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station on the CRS-12 mission launched on Monday August 14, 2017. Just four days later and two miles south, United Launch Alliance launched the TDRS-M satellite for NASA on Friday August 18, 2017.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on Monday, August 14, 2017, bearing the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. Photo credit: Michael Seeley / We Report Space
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 first stage booster comes in for a powered landing at LZ-1, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Jelen / We Report Space
SpaceX launched from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on August 14, 2017 at 12:31 PM local time. This was their first KSC launch since July 5, 2017 – a 39-day gap caused by a two-week maintenance delay on the Eastern Range. As usual, the launch window for the Commercial Resupply launch was instantaneous, but there was no backup launch window on Tuesday, as the arrival of the Dragon capsule at the ISS would have interfered with a scheduled Russian EVA. NASA was working an issue with some communication equipment on the ISS that is used for Dragon ...

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