A new Space X mission, a new rocket. This time is the CRS-5 mission to resupply the ISS. The Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket has been modified with the addittion of Grid Fins on the First Stage in order to perform a controlled soft vertical descent on the ASDS (Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship), which is a fancy name for an automated barge in the Atlantic Ocean about 200 miles east of Jacksonville, Fl.
This mission was successfully launched on Saturday Jan 10, 2015 at 4:47 am EST from Cape Canaveral Complex 40 launch pad.
The papermodel used for this mission presentation is the same AXM Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket that has the landing legs but a new feature has been added to the second stage interstage, new Grid Fins. These fins will allow a controlled landing of the first stage when targeting the barge.
The Dragon is carrying the CATS payload inside its trunk. This payload will be robotically extracted from Dragon’s trunk by DEXTRE and moved to KIBO’s Exposed Facility attach point #3 later during the mission.
Here are some pictures of the model already available at my site. During the actual mission, more photos will be uploaded to this post. So, stay tuned.
A closeup of one of the 4 grid fins.
The complete Falcon 9 with grid fins and landing legs.
The CATS payload was installed on KIBO’s Exposed Facility on Jan 22, 2015 by KIBO’s robotic arm in attachment point #3.
Here is a diagram showing all the Exposed Facility attachment points. To learn more about KIBO’s Exposed Facility payloads, go to my post that shows in chronological order all the payloads added to KIBO’s pallet.
Overview of ISS Utilization and Technology Development
ISS Daily Summary Report 1/22/15