Washington DC – NASA’s commercial cargo supplier SpaceX is targeting Saturday, August 28 at 3:37 a.m. EDT to launch its 23rd commercial refueling services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff will be from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will provide new scientific investigations, supplies and equipment for the international crew.
Live coverage will be broadcast on NASA Television, the NASA app and the agency’s website, with pre-launch events starting Friday, August 27, 2021.
Dragon will provide a variety of investigations from NASA, including one that will determine whether skin and grape seed metabolites used in winemaking could help prevent and treat osteoporosis.
A new robotic arm slated for demonstration could reveal potential uses on Earth, including in disaster relief.
Another experiment will test an implantable, remote-controlled drug delivery system that will use a new research facility onboard the orbiting laboratory. The experiments of several Girl Scouts will also use this new facility to study plants, ants and brine shrimp in microgravity.
Approximately 12 minutes after launch, Dragon will separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and begin a series of carefully choreographed thruster shots to reach the space station. Arrival at the station is scheduled for Sunday August 29. Dragon will dock autonomously at the forward-facing port of the station’s Harmony module, along with Expedition 65 flight engineers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur from NASA surveillance operations.
The spacecraft is expected to spend about a month attached to the orbiting outpost before returning to Earth with search and return cargo, splashing off the coast of Florida.
Full coverage for this mission is as follows (all Eastern hours):
Friday August 27
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Previously accredited media will have the opportunity to speak one-to-one with scientists in their laboratories and other subject matter experts at the Kennedy Space Station processing facility. All participants must adhere to security protocols related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
12:00 PM – NASA TV will broadcast a Kennedy pre-launch press conference with representatives from NASA’s International Space Station program, SpaceX and the US Space Force’s Delta 45 space launch. Due to the security protocols of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the press conference will take place – in only. To obtain the phone number and access code, please contact the Kennedy Press Room at: no later than 11:00 a.m. on Friday August 27. The audience can also ask questions, which can be answered in real time during the segment, using #AskNASA on Twitter.
Immediately following the press conference, NASA TV will release a “What’s on Board” video that will introduce the public and media to some of the investigators flying science on this mission.
saturday 28 august
3:15 am – NASA TV launch coverage begins for the 3:37 am launch.
Sunday 29 August
9:30 am – Beginning of NASA TV coverage for Dragon docking to the space station.
11h00 – Mooring.
The deadline for media to apply for accreditation for this launch has passed, but general information on media accreditation is available by sending an email to: .
NASA TV launch coverage
Live coverage of the launch on NASA TV will begin at 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 28. For information on NASA TV downlinks, schedules, and links to streaming videos, visit:
Audio from the press conference and launch coverage will be played on NASA’s “V” circuits, which can be accessed by dialing 321.867.1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, “audio mission” countdown activities without launch commentary from NASA TV will air on 321.867.7135.
On launch day, a “clean stream” of the launch without commentary from NASA TV will air on the NASA TV media channel.
NASA website launch cover
Mission launch day coverage will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live stream and blog updates starting no earlier than 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, as the countdown milestones occur. Streaming video on demand and photos of the launch will be available shortly after take-off. For questions about countdown coverage, contact the Kennedy Press Room: 321.867.2468.
Follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at:
Virtually attend the launch
The public can register to attend this launch virtually. Registrants will receive mission updates and activities by email. NASA’s Virtual Guest Program for this mission also includes organized launch resources, notifications of related opportunities, and a virtual guest passport stamp after a successful launch.
Watch and interact on social media
Let people know you’re following the mission on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #Dragon and #NASASocial. You can also stay logged in by following and tagging these accounts:
Facebook: NASA, NASAKennedy, ISS, ISS National Lab
Instagram: @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @ISS, @ISSNationalLab, @SpaceX
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