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NASA Determines Mission Scope for Upcoming SpaceX Resupply Mission to ISS

NASA Determines Mission Scope for Upcoming SpaceX Resupply Mission to ISS

Post-launch from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, home to NASA, on July 14, 2022., SpaceX’s 25th Commercial Resupply Services mission for the agency to the International Space Station, carrying the Dragon capsule, flies skyward. It was 8:44 pm EDT when we took off. More than 5,800 pounds of cargo, including many different NASA research, will be delivered to the space station via Dragon. The spacecraft is anticipated to spend roughly a month tethered to the orbiting outpost before returning carrying research and return cargo, landing somewhere off the Florida coast.

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Note from the editors: The launch date for NASA’s SpaceX CRS-29 mission has been moved to November 3, 2023.

This release was revised on November 1 to reflect a new docking time for NASA’s SpaceX CRS-29 mission.

SpaceX’s 29th The launch site for the next cargo delivery for the International Space Station from a private company is currently set for Location Florida’s Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center (NASA), at 8:28 pm EST on Thursday, November 9.

Pre-launch events begin on Wednesday, November 8, and the launch itself will be broadcast live on NASA’s Television, the app, YouTube, and the agency’s website. Discover the many ways you may watch NASA TV online.

SpaceX’s Dragon ship will deliver new science experiments, food, supplies, and equipment to the international crew, including NASA’s AWE (Atmospheric Waves Experiment), which examines atmospheric gravity waves to understand the energy transfer between Earth’s high atmosphere and space.

NASA’s ILLUMA-T (Integrated Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Low-Earth-Orbit User Modem and Amplifier Terminal) will test high-data-rate laser communications from the space station to Earth via the agency’s LCRD. The combination of ILLUMA-T and LCRD will be NASA’s first fully functional bidirectional laser communications relay system.

The train is scheduled to arrive at 5:21 am on Saturday, November 11. The SpaceX Dragon spaceship will automatically dock to the station’s forward-facing Harmony module.

The spacecraft is anticipated to spend roughly a month tethered to the orbital station before returning to Earth with research and cargo, splashing down off the coast of Florida.

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Press credentials for on-site coverage of this launch have been extended past their original date. Online, you may find the agency’s rules for media accreditation. You can get further details on media credentials by sending an email to.

The following schedule provides comprehensive coverage of this mission (all times Eastern, subject to vary based on operations). Keep up with the latest happenings in space by reading the ISS blog.

November 8th, Wednesday

Pre-launch media teleconference at 4 pm (no sooner than one hour after completion of the Launch Readiness Review) with the following attendees:

Dana Weigel, associate program manager for the International Space Station program

Director of SpaceX’s Dragon mission operations Sarah Walker
Melody Lovin, 45th Meteorological Squadron at the Florida Naval Station
The press teleconference is a phone-only Q&A session. For the dial-in number and passcode, contact the Kennedy newsroom by 5 pm EST Monday, November 6.

November 9th, Thursday

Start of NASA TV launch commentary at 8 pm.

Launch Time: 8:28 pm

November 11th, Saturday

At 3:45 am, NASA began broadcasting live footage of Dragon docking with the ISS.

We are docking at 5:21 am.

The scope of coverage may shift in response to unfolding events in operations. Keep up with the latest happenings in space by reading the ISS blog.

Launch coverage on NASA TV

Television will begin live coverage of the launch at 8 pm on Thursday, November 9. Schedules, times, and locations for downlinks can all be found at:  information, 

To listen to the press conferences and launch coverage via the NASA “V” circuits, dial 321-867-1220, -1240, or 7135. The mission broadcast can be heard on -1220 and -1240 on launch day, while the countdown net alone can be heard on -7135 one hour before the broadcast.

On launch day, live coverage of the launch without NASA Television commentary will be broadcast on the NASA Television media channel.

NASA website launch coverage

Coverage of the mission’s launch may be found on the website. It will be covered in real-time via live stream and blog posts commencing by 8 pm on Thursday, November 9, when the countdown milestones occur. Launch footage and stills will be available for on-demand viewing shortly after blastoff. For inquiries regarding countdown coverage, please dial 321-867-2468 to reach the NASA Kennedy newsroom. To stay current, check out the launch blog, where we will be counting down to launch.

Join the launch online.

Participants in this launch can do so virtually if they sign up. Those who sign up will receive regular emails about the mission and related events. As part of NASA’s virtual guest program for this mission, participants will have access to curated launch resources, receive updates on opportunities relevant to the project, and receive a virtual visitor passport stamp upon the mission’s successful completion.

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