SpaceX CRS-19

Summary

SpaceX CRS-19
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Dragon C106.3 approaches the ISS
Mission typeISS resupply
OperatorSpaceX
COSPAR ID2019-083A
SATCAT no.44821
Mission duration32 days, 22 hours, 12 minutes
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftDragon C106.3
Spacecraft typeDragon CRS
ManufacturerSpaceX
Dry mass4,200 kg (9,300 lb)
DimensionsHeight: 6.1 m (20 ft)
Diameter: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Start of mission
Launch date5 December 2019, 17:29:24 (2019-12-05UTC17:29:24) UTC[1]
RocketFalcon 9 B1059.1
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-40
ContractorSpaceX
End of mission
DisposalRecovered
Landing date7 January 2020, 15:42 (2020-01-07UTC15:43) UTC[2]
Landing sitePacific Ocean
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Inclination51.6°
Berthing at ISS
Berthing portHarmony nadir[3]
RMS capture8 December 2019, 10:05 UTC[4]
Berthing date8 December 2019, 12:47 UTC[3]
Unberthing date7 January 2020, 08:41 UTC
RMS release7 January 2020, 10:05 UTC[2]
Time berthed29 days, 19 hours, 54 minutes
Cargo
Mass2,617 kg (5,769 lb)[5]
Pressurised1,693 kg (3,732 lb)[5]
Unpressurised924 kg (2,037 lb)[5]
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SpaceX CRS-19, also known as SpX-19, was a Commercial Resupply Service mission to the International Space Station.[6] The mission is contracted by NASA and was flown by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 rocket.

Dragon capsule C106 made its third flight on CRS-19 having previously flown on CRS-4 and CRS-11. Dragon successfully returned to Earth on 7 January 2020 after a month-long stay at the ISS.

Launch schedule history

CRS-19 launch

On February 2016, it was announced that NASA had awarded a contract extension to SpaceX for five CRS additional missions (CRS-16 to CRS-20).[7] In June 2016, a NASA Inspector General report had this mission manifested for December 2018.[8] The mission was later delayed to 15 October 2019,[9] but launched in December 2019.[6]

On 5 December 2019, CRS-19 launched successfully, followed by a successful first stage landing on the barge Of Course I Still Love You.[10]

Payload

NASA has contracted for the CRS-19 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the primary payload, date/time of launch, and orbital parameters for the Dragon space capsule. CRS-11 carried a total of 2,617 kg (5,769 lb) of material into orbit. This included 1,693 kg (3,732 lb) of pressurised cargo with packaging bound for the International Space Station, and 924 kg (2,037 lb) of unpressurised cargo composed of the Kibō-mounted Hyperspectral Imager Suite (HISUI) from Japan, the Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS) platform, and a replacement lithium-ion battery for the station's solar array truss.[5][1]

The following is a breakdown of cargo bound for the ISS:[5]

  • Science investigations: 977 kg (2,154 lb)
  • Crew supplies: 256 kg (564 lb)
  • Vehicle hardware: 306 kg (675 lb)
  • Spacewalk equipment: 64 kg (141 lb)
  • Computer resources: 15 kg (33 lb)
  • External payloads:
    • Hyperspectral Imaging Suite (HISUI): ~500 kg (1,100 lb)[11]
    • Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS)[12]
    • Lithium-ion battery

Among the science experiments transported to the station are the Anheuser-Busch-sponsored Germination of ABI Voyager Barley Seeds in Microgravity, the Confined Combustion experiment, and 40 genetically engineered mice as part of the Rodent Research-19 experiment.[12][13]

A number of CubeSats were launched on CRS-19. The ELaNa-25B flight included AzTechSat-1, SORTIE, and CryoCube, while the ELaNa-28 flight included CIRiS and EdgeCube.[12] Other small satellites launched on this mission include QARMAN and MakerSat-1.[13]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Clark, Stephen (5 December 2019). "Dragon soars on research and resupply flight to International Space Station". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b Clark, Stephen (7 January 2020). "Dragon cargo capsule brings home space station science experiments". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b Garcia, Mark (8 December 2019). "Dragon Attached to Station for Month-Long Stay". NASA. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  4. ^ Garcia, Mark (8 December 2019). "Astronauts Capture Dragon Filled With Brand New Science". NASA. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Overview: SpaceX CRS-19 Mission" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Launch Schedule". Spaceflight Now. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  7. ^ de Selding, Peter B. (24 February 2016). "SpaceX wins 5 new space station cargo missions in NASA contract estimated at $700 million". Space News. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  8. ^ NASA Office of Inspector General (28 June 2016). NASA’s Response to SpaceX’s June 2015 Launch Failure: Impacts on Commercial Resupply of the International Space Station (PDF) (Report). NASA Office of Inspector General. p. 13. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  9. ^ Pietrobon, Steven (13 November 2018). "United States Commercial ELV Launch Manifest". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  10. ^ "CRS-19 Mission". YouTube.com. SpaceX. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  11. ^ "HISUI". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  12. ^ a b c Graham, William (5 December 2019). "CRS-19 Dragon completes journey to the ISS". NASASpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  13. ^ a b Clark, Stephen (8 December 2019). "SpaceX resupply mission reaches International Space Station". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 19 October 2020.