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SpaceX CRS-4 Briefings and Events
September 20, 2014

 

The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Saturday, Sept. 20, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA television coverage will begin at 1 a.m. EDT and liftoff is targeted for an instantaneous window at 2:14 a.m.

If for any reason the launch is postponed, the next launch opportunity is Sunday, Sept. 21, at approximately 1:52 a.m.  NASA Television coverage will begin at 12:45 a.m.

 

NASA SOCIAL

http://www.nasa.gov/social-spacex4

Thursday, Sept. 18 – Saturday, Sept. 20. Morning check in time 7:30 a.m. Up to 50 social media representatives have been invited to cover launch. The Kennedy Press Site Annex will serve as their home base and they will view launch from the NASA Causeway. Social media will attend the same activities as the traditional news media. Social media Representatives will be given a tour of Space Launch Complex 40 and the Horizontal Integration Facility on L-1.

 

ISS EARTH SCIENCE: TRACKING OCEAN WINDS PANEL

Thursday, Sept. 18, (L-2 days): An ISS Earth Science: Tracking Ocean Winds Panel will be held at Kennedy’s Press Site at 9 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage, as well as streaming Internet coverage.

Participants in the panel will be:

- Steve Volz, associate director for flight programs, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
- Howard Eisen, ISS RapidScat project manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
- Ernesto Rodriguez, ISS RapidScat project scientist, NASA JPL

 

ISS RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY PANEL

Thursday, Sept. 18, (L-2 days): An ISS Research and Technology Panel will be held at Kennedy’s Press Site at 10 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage, as well as streaming Internet coverage.

Participants in the panel will be:

- Duane Ratliff, chief operating officer, CASIS
- Mike Yagley, COBRA PUMA Golf, Director of Research and Testing
- Dr. Eugene (Gene) Boland, Techshot Chief Scientist
- Jason Gilbert, scientific associate, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
- Niki Werkheiser, 3D Printing in Zero-G project manager

 

ISS SCIENCE PANEL: MODEL ORGANISMS

Thursday, Sept. 18, (L-2 days): An ISS Science Panel on model organisms will be held at Kennedy’s Press Site at 11 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage, as well as streaming Internet coverage.

Participants in the panel will be:

- Marshall Porterfield, Division Director, Space Life and Physical Sciences, HEOMD
- Shiela Neilsen, principal investigator, Micro-8, University of Montana
- Sharmila Bhattacharya, principal investigator, Ames Student Fruit-Fly Experiment, NASA Ames Research Center
- Ruth Globus, project scientist, Rodent Habitat/Rodent Research-1, NASA Ames

 

NASA 'VIEW FROM THE TOP' BRIEFING

Friday, Sept. 19 (L-1 day): A NASA “View from the Top” briefing will be held at Kennedy’s Press Site at 9 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage, as well as streaming Internet coverage.

Participants in the briefing will be:

- Sam Scimemi, International Space Station Division Director, Human Exploration and Operation Mission Directorate
- Jeff Sheehy, Senior Technologist for the Space Technology Mission Directorate
- Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist

 

PRELAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE

Friday, Sept. 19 (L-1 day): The prelaunch news conference will be held at Kennedy’s Press Site at 10 a.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage, as well as streaming Internet coverage.

Participants in the prelaunch news conference will be:

- Hans Koenigsmann, VP of Mission Assurance, SpaceX
- Dan Hartman, International Space Station Program
- Kathy Winters, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron

 

POST-LAUNCH NEWS CONFERENCE

A post-launch news conference will be held at approximately 90 minutes after launch. NASA Television will provide live coverage, as well as streaming Internet coverage.

Participants in the post-launch news conference will be:

- Dan Hartman, International Space Station Program, Johnson Space Center, Houston
- Hans Koenigsmann, VP of Mission Assurance, SpaceX

Media may participate in the news conferences in person at Kennedy Space Center or via a phone bridge by calling the newsroom at Kennedy 15 minutes before the briefings begin at 321-867-2468. Audio of the prelaunch briefings will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed directly by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135.

 

REMOTE CAMERA SETUPS AND FALCON 9 LAUNCH PAD PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Friday, Sept. 19 (L-1 day): There will be photo opportunity of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule on the launch pad and media will be able to establish sound-activated remote cameras at the launch pad. The location is within Space Launch Complex 40 on the east side of the complex outside the pad perimeter fence. In addition, media will be offered a tour of the United Launch Alliance Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) to view the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry the Orion spacecraft on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in December. Media will board buses from the Press Site at 1 p.m. to first go to the HIF and then Space Launch Complex 40.

Media who want to participate in remote camera setup without a tour of the HIF will depart from Kennedy’s Press Site by government bus at 2:10 p.m. and return at approximately 3:45 p.m. after remote cameras have been established. SpaceX security regulations require that news media representatives attending this event be U.S. citizens. International media who did not apply by the deadline will depart from the Press Site in a separate government bus and be able to establish remote cameras at Universal Camera Site 3 (UCS-3) north of the launch complex.

 

SPECIAL SPACEX CRS-4 PRELAUNCH MEDIA AVAILABILITIES

Friday, Sept. 19 (L-1): There will be local media interview availabilities prior to launch in the NASA News Center Press Site bullpen as follows:

TBD - RapidScat
Participants: TBD

TBD - Science Experiments
Participants: TBD

TBD - 3D Printing in Space
Participants: TBD

 

NASA SOCIAL MEDIA TOUR

Friday, Sept. 19 (L-1): Social media participants will receive a tour of the United Launch Alliance Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF) at 12:50 p.m. to view the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry the Orion spacecraft on EFT-1 in December and the SpaceX launch pad (Space Launch Complex 40) at 2:50 p.m. Social media will return to the Kennedy Press Site at 4 p.m.

 

SPECIAL SPACEX CRS-4 PRELAUNCH SOCIAL MEDIA AVAILABILITIES

Friday, Sept. 19 (L-1): There will be “pop-in” speakers for social media participants prior to launch in the NASA News Center Press Site Annex as follows:

1:15 p.m. - Lunch and Learn
Participants: TBD

1:35 p.m. - CASIS
Participants: TBD

1:55 p.m. (or 2) - 3D Printing in Space
Participants: TBD

 

NEWS AND SOCIAL MEDIA LAUNCH VIEWING

Saturday, Sept. 20 (Launch day): News media and social media participants may view the launch from the NASA Causeway or Kennedy’s Press Site. Busses will depart from the Press Site parking lot for the NASA Causeway at 1:15 a.m. A sign-up sheet will be available in the newsroom for media desiring to photograph the launch from the roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The space available is limited, and media must sign up in person. Departure from the NASA News Center for the VAB will be at 1:15 a.m.

 

NASA TV LAUNCH COVERAGE

Saturday, Sept. 20 (Launch day): NASA TV live coverage will begin at 1 a.m. EDT and conclude at approximately 3 a.m. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Audio only of the news conferences and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, "mission audio," the launch conductor’s countdown activities without NASA TV launch commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135 starting at 12:45 a.m. Launch also will be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz heard within Brevard County on the Space Coast.

 

IN-FLIGHT NASA TV COVERAGE

If launch occurs Sept. 20, NASA TV will provide live coverage Monday, Sept. 22, of the arrival of the Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station. Grapple and berthing coverage will begin at 5:30 a.m. with grapple at approximately 7:30 a.m. Berthing coverage begins at 9:30 a.m.

 

NASA WEB PRELAUNCH AND LAUNCH COVERAGE

Prelaunch and launch day coverage of the SpaceX CRS-4 flight will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and text updates beginning at 1 a.m. as the countdown milestones occur. On-demand streaming video, podcast and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. For questions about countdown coverage, contact Nancy Bray at 321-867-9112. You can follow countdown coverage on our launch blog and learn more about the SpaceX CRS-4 mission by going to the mission home page at:

http://www.nasa.gov/SpaceX

 

TWITTER

The NASA News Twitter feed will be updated throughout the launch countdown. To access the NASA News Twitter feed, visit:

http://www.twitter.com/NASAKennedy

 

FACEBOOK

The NASA News Facebook feed will be updated throughout the launch countdown. To access the NASA Facebook feed, visit:

http://www.facebook.com/NASAKennedy

 

RECORDED STATUS

Recorded status reports on the launch of SpaceX CRS-4 and associated prelaunch activities will be provided on the Kennedy media phone line starting Wednesday, Sept. 17. The telephone number is 321-867-2525.

 

WIRELESS CAPABILITY

Wireless capability for the news media is available at the Kennedy Press Site.

 

WEB ACTIVITIES UPDATES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For updates to these SpaceX CRS-4 prelaunch activities, go to:

http://www.nasa.gov/SpaceX

For video b-roll and other International Space Station media resources, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stationnews

For further information about the International Space Station, research in low-Earth orbit, NASA’s commercial space programs and the future of American spaceflight, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

For more information about SpaceX, visit:

http://www.spacex.com

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