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NASA Sets Coverage For Cots 1 Launch Targeted For Dec. 7

By SpaceRef Editor
December 1, 2010
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NASA Sets Coverage For Cots 1 Launch Targeted For Dec. 7

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first SpaceX Falcon 9 demonstration launch for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is targeted for liftoff on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Liftoff will occur from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window extends from 9:03 a.m. to 12:22 p.m. EST. If necessary, launch opportunities also are available on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 with the same window.

Known as COTS 1, the launch is the first flight of the Dragon spacecraft and the first commercial attempt to re-enter a spacecraft from orbit. This is the first of three test launches currently planned in the Falcon 9 test flight series. It is intended as a demonstration mission to prove key capabilities such as launch, structural integrity of the Dragon spacecraft, on-orbit operation, re-entry, descent and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

NASA established the COTS program to procure a commercial launch service to stimulate the commercial space industry, to facilitate a private industry cargo capability to the International Space Station as soon as achievable, and to achieve cost effective access to low Earth orbit that will attract private customers.


The prelaunch news conference for the COTS 1 Falcon 9 launch is planned for L-1, currently Monday, Dec. 6 at 1:30 p.m., at the press site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Television will provide live coverage, and the briefing will be streamed at

The prelaunch news conference participants will be:

– Phil McAlister, acting director, Commercial Space Flight Development NASA Headquarters, Washington
– Alan Lindenmoyer, manager, Commercial Crew and Cargo Program NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston
– Gwynne Shotwell, president SpaceX, Hawthorne, Calif.
– Mike McAleenan, Falcon 9 Launch Weather Officer 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

A post-mission news conference will be held at Kennedy approximately one hour after splashdown occurs.

Audio of the prelaunch and post-mission news conferences also will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which can be accessed directly by dialing 321-867- 1220, 1240, 1260 or 7135.


On Dec. 6 following the prelaunch news conference, a photo opportunity of the Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad will be available for media representatives. Spokespeople from SpaceX will be available to answer questions. Journalists who wish to participate should plan to depart the Kennedy press site no earlier than 2:15 p.m. Media will be returned to the press site by approximately 4 p.m.


While sound activated remote cameras cannot be established inside the launch pad perimeter, other locations will be available. Media representatives wishing to establish remote cameras should be at the Kennedy press site on L-1, Dec. 6, at 9 a.m.


On launch day, Dec. 7, NASA TV live coverage will begin at the conclusion of the built in hold at T-5 minutes and counting. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

Prelaunch and launch day coverage of the COTS 1 Falcon 9 mission will be available on the NASA website at:

Coverage will include live streaming and text updates of the final five minutes of the countdown. On-demand streaming video, podcast and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. To access these features, go to NASA’s COTS website at:


To attend the prelaunch news conference and/or to cover the launch, journalists must request credentials at:

The Kennedy Badging Office on SR-405 is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information about credentials, contact Laurel Lichtenberger at 321-867-4036.

Launch day media activities will be outlined in a Dec. 3 news release to be issued by SpaceX. For questions and further information about SpaceX, contact Kirstin Brost at 202-649-2716.

Johnson Space Center is responsible for the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office for the COTS program as part of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.

For further information about the COTS 1 launch, contact the Kennedy press site at 321-867-2468 or visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.