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Artist rendering of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft being berthed to ISS
|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||Approx 1 April 2016|
|Rocket||Falcon 9 v1.1 FT |
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral SLC-40|
|Berthing at ISS|
|Berthing port||Harmony nadir|
Launch schedule historyThe launch was notionally scheduled by NASA to occur no earlier than (NET) September 2, 2015. However, that date went under review pending the outcome of the analysis of the failure of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle in SpaceX CRS-7, a June 2015 flight. The return to flight (RTF) project included additional improvements.
With additional manifest changes announced by SpaceX in mid-October, it is planned to be the third launch of Falcon 9 using the modified higher-thrust Falcon 9 rocket. By February 2016, it was scheduled to be launched around April 1, 2016.
On 10 February 2016, NASA was assessing whether CRS-8 may be delayed due to an earlier Orbital Cygnus flight to the ISS being delayed by mold on fabric cargo bags.
Primary payloadNASA has contracted for the CRS-8 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the orbital parameters for the primary payload: the Dragon space capsule.
The flight is scheduled to deliver the first expandable module to the station, called The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). It is expected to perform at least two years of observation and testing.
Secondary payloadThe secondary payload consists of sixteen Flock 2d 3U CubeSats. The Flock Earth observing constellation is built and operated by Planet Labs.
- Krebs, Gunter Dirk (16 January 2016). "The Flock Earth observing constellation"