Mission/Orbiter: SpaceX CRS-5 / Dragon
Launch Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9
Note: Will carry Cloud-Aerosol Transport System, a laser instrument to measure clouds and the location and distribution of pollution, dust, smoke, and other particulates in the atmosphere. See additional at end of post.
Current Status: LAUNCH ABORTED The abort happened late in count, almost to liftoff. Anomaly is actuator drift on the thrust vector control system.
Launch Date: Saturday, 10 January 2015 04:47 EDT / 09:47 UTC UPDATED
ISS arrival: 12 Jan 2015 at 06:00 ET / 11:00 UTC UPDATED
Odds of Launch: UNK percent UPDATED
Monday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
When Dragon reaches the ISS on 08 Jan, the robotic arm will be used to capture it and will be operated by Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore of NASA and supported by Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency. The coverage will be 04:30 ET / 09:30 UTC with capture at about 06:00 ET / 11:00 UTC.
You can catch the launch and return at NASA-TV link above and will link the replay after the launch when it comes available.
PLUS!! I believe SpaceX is going to try to land the first stage on on a custom-built ocean platform known as the autonomous spaceport drone ship. Sure they only give it a 50 percent chance of success but I’d say that’s pretty good.
Read about the attempt here at X MARKS THE SPOT: FALCON 9 ATTEMPTS OCEAN PLATFORM LANDING
Image Credits: NASA / NOAA