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Apr 13 2015

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SpaceX CRS-6 to launch (and land?) today

SpaceX Falcon 9 ready for CRS-6 Dragon launch and Stage return. The launch window is instantaneous at 1:33pm Pacific time. Part of the Dragon’s manifest is 15 small sats to be launched from the ISS, including 14 Flock 1B Planet Lab birds.

The cargo aboard CRS-6 has a total mass of 2,015 kilograms (4,387 lb; 1,898 kg or 4,184 lb without packaging). This includes 500 kilograms (1,102 lb) of items and provisions for the station’s crew, 518 kilograms (1,142 lb) of station hardware and equipment, 16 kilograms (35 lb) of computer and electronic equipment and 23 kilograms (51 lb) of hardware for EVAs.

The remaining 844 kilograms (1,860 lb) of the Dragon’s payload will be taken up by scientific hardware and experiments.

First stage touchdown is expected onboard the ASDS 8 minutes 30 seconds after liftoff. I predict a successful landing this time around.

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