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SpaceX CRS-8

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SpaceX CRS-8
Dragon ISS.jpg
Artist rendering of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft being berthed to ISS

Mission type ISS resupply
Operator SpaceX/NASA

Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Dragon
Manufacturer SpaceX

Start of mission
Launch date Approx 1 April 2016[1]
Rocket Falcon 9 v1.1 FT [2]
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-40
Contractor SpaceX

Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Epoch Planned

Berthing at ISS
Berthing port Harmony nadir

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Commercial Resupply Services
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SpaceX CRS-8, also known as SpX-8,[3] is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station scheduled for March 2016. It will be the tenth flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft and the eighth operational mission contracted to NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract.[4] The mission has been contracted by NASA and will be flown by SpaceX.


Launch schedule history

The launch was notionally scheduled by NASA to occur no earlier than (NET) September 2, 2015.[4][5] 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.[6]
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.[7] By February 2016, it was scheduled to be launched around April 1, 2016.[1]
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.[8]

Primary payload

NASA 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.[4]

Secondary payload

The secondary payload consists of sixteen Flock 2d 3U CubeSats. The Flock Earth observing constellation is built and operated by Planet Labs.[9]


  • Cooper, Ben. "Rocket Launch Viewing Guide for Cape Canaveral - Atlas 5, Delta 4 & Falcon 9"
    . Retrieved 6 February 2016.
    1. Krebs, Gunter Dirk (16 January 2016). "The Flock Earth observing constellation"
      . Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2016-01-22.

    External links

  • "SpaceX Will Debut Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket on Return to Flight Mission"
    . space.com. September 6, 2015.
  • Hartman, Daniel (July 2014). "Status of the ISS USOS"
    (PDF). NASA Advisory Council HEOMD Committee. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  • "NASA to Test Bigelow Expandable Module on Space Station"
    . NASA. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  • "Worldwide Launch Schedule"
    . SpaceflightNow. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  • SpaceX conducts additional Falcon 9 improvements ahead of busy schedule
    , 7 September 2015, accessed 17 October 2015
  • de Selding, Peter B. (2015-10-16). "SpaceX Changes its Falcon 9 Return-to-flight Plans"
    . SpaceNews. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  • Irene Klotz (10 February 2016). "NASA delays space station cargo run due to mold on packing bags"
    . Reuters.