March 26th 2013 - 16:35 UTC

SPLASHDOWN! SpaceX confirm splashdown of the CRS-2 Dragon at 16:34 UTC.

March 26th 2013 - 16:30 UTC

MAIN CHUTE DEPLOY! Dragon now sailing down on it's three main parachutes. Recovery boats are reporting a visual on Dragon.

March 26th 2013 - 16:26 UTC

The drogue chutes in Dragon have been deployed, slowing Dragon down as it enters the atmosphere.

March 26th 2013 - 16:10 UTC

The trunk which the solar arrays were attached to has separated from the Dragon.

March 26th 2013 - 15:55 UTC

NASA and SpaceX confirm the deorbit burn took place on time at 15:42 UTC and lasted 10 minutes.

March 26th 2013 - 15:40 UTC

SpaceX confirm the GNC bay door has now closed ahead of the deorbit burn. The GNC bay houses the sensors required for approach as well as the grapple fixture which the robotic arm on the ISS attaches.

March 26th 2013 - 11:25 UTC

Video of the release and departure is now available at the bottom of this page.

March 26th 2013 - 11:08 UTC

The third and final departure burn has now successfully been completed and Dragon has now left the keep out sphere, an imaginary sphere around the International Space Station.

March 26th 2013 - 11:06 UTC

Dragon now at a distance of 135 meters from the Station.

March 26th 2013 - 11:02 UTC

Departure burn two now complete.

March 26th 2013 - 11:00 UTC

Dragon has executed the first of three departure burns successfully.

March 26th 2013 - 10:56 UTC

RELEASE. Dragon has been released from the Stations Robotic arm by Tom Marshburn at 10:56 UTC.

March 26th 2013 - 10:54 UTC

Houston and Hawthorn have given a 'GO' for an on time release in 2 minutes. Tom Marshburn and Chris Hadfield will press the trigger that will release Dragon from inside the Cupola.

March 26th 2013 - 10:45 UTC

Everyone at MCC Houston is 'GO' for release at 10:56 UTC.

March 26th 2013 - 10:25 UTC

The Stations Robotic arm is now in free drift mode as flight controllers in Houston and Hawthorn conduct their Go/No Go polls for release.

March 26th 2013 - 10:15 UTC

The crew are currently setting up the Cupola Robotic Work Station (RWS) ahead of Dragon release.

March 26th 2013 - 09:20 UTC

Everything is going well as Dragon is slowly extended to the release position. Release which will be commended by the crew onboard will occur at 10:56 UTC.

March 26th 2013 - 08:30 UTC

Dragon is continuing to be slowly backed away by ground controllers moving the robotic arm.

March 26th 2013 - 08:12 UTC

The seven minute manoeuvre to back Dragon away from the Station has begun at 08:10 UTC.

March 26th 2013 - 08:00 UTC

Bolts holding the Dragon to the Station have been removed ahead of unberthing very shortly.

March 25th 2013 - 20:00 UTC

Dragon will be unberthed from the International Space Station tomorrow and released from the robotic arm at 10:56 UTC. Dragon will then execute three thruster firings to move away from the complex ahead of the deorbit burn scheduled for 15:42 UTC. Dragon is scheduled to splash down in the Pacific Ocean at 16:34 UTC. The return home was delayed by a day due to high seas at the landing location.

March 6th 2013 - 22:00 UTC

The grapple fixtures have now been successfully secured to a payload attachment point outside the Station.

March 6th 2013 - 20:00 UTC

Controllers on the ground are currently operating the Stations Robotic Arm to remove the two Heat Rejection Subsystem Grapple Fixtures that were brought up in the Dragon's external stowage area called the Trunk.

March 4th 2013 - 18:00 UTC

Hatches between the International Space Station and the SpaceX Dragon were opened yesterday at 18:14 UTC.

March 3rd 2013 - 14:00 UTC

Videos of approach, capture and berthing are now available at the bottom of this page.

March 3rd 2013 - 13:57 UTC

HARD MATE CONFIRMED! Second stage capture has been completed meaning a hard mate of Dragon to the Space Station at 13:56 UTC.

March 3rd 2013 - 13:47 UTC

The robotic arm has been put into limp mode ahead of second stage capture.

March 3rd 2013 - 13:45 UTC

First stage capture has been completed successfully, the crew are now moving on to the final second stage capture.

March 3rd 2013 - 13:40 UTC

The crew onboard the Station are now beginning the process to drive hooks and latches for first stage capture.

March 3rd 2013 - 13:25 UTC

The teams on the ground are still slowly pushing Dragon in to the Ready To Latch (RTL) position. They estimate first stage capture in 10-30 minutes.

March 3rd 2013 - 13:05 UTC

Dragon is currently 2 feet away now as the arm begins motion for the final berthing.

March 3rd 2013 - 12:07 UTC

Dragon is now at the pre-install position, Teams on the ground are currently checking the alignment before progressing with berthing.

March 3rd 2013 - 11:45 UTC

The robotic arm is slowly moving the Dragon to the pre-berth position.

March 3rd 2013 - 10:31 UTC

CAPTURE CONFIRMED! The robotic arm has successfully grappled the Dragon CRS-2 spacecraft at 10:31 UTC.

March 3rd 2013 - 10:26 UTC

The crew have been given a 'GO' to capture Dragon with the robotic arm.

March 3rd 2013 - 10:22 UTC

Dragon now holding at 10 meters.

March 3rd 2013 - 10:09 UTC

Dragon now at 25 meters.

March 3rd 2013 - 10:05 UTC

Dragon has been given a 'GO' to proceed to the capture point at 10 meters. Dragon is now moving.

March 3rd 2013 - 10:00 UTC

Dragon now holding at 30 meters.

March 3rd 2013 - 09:43 UTC

Dragon now inside 100 meters and continuing in to 30 meters.

March 3rd 2013 - 09:25 UTC

Dragon is now inside the keep out sphere, An imaginary sphere around the International Space Station at 200 meters.

March 3rd 2013 - 09:05 UTC

Dragon continuing on to 30 meters.

March 3rd 2013 - 08:55 UTC

Dragon now at the 250 meter hold point, Dragon will hold here for about 10 minutes before proceeding to the 30 meter hold point.

March 3rd 2013 - 08:45 UTC

Dragon now moving to the 250 meter hold point.

March 3rd 2013 - 08:30 UTC

Dragon is now at the 350 meter hold point.

March 3rd 2013 - 07:40 UTC

The crew are now setting up cameras inside the space station, specifically a high definition downlink of the robotic work station so ground controllers can see the same view the crew will during capture and berthing.

March 3rd 2013 - 07:32 UTC

Dragon is currently 6km behind the International Space Station and 1.4km below.

March 3rd 2013 - 07:30 UTC

Mission control have told the crew that capture is likely to be around 30 minutes earlier - at sunset - so a capture of around 11:00 UTC.

March 3rd 2013 - 07:20 UTC

The crew aboard the International Space Station are currently enjoying breakfast ahead of SpaceX capture activities starting. Station Commander Kevin Ford has reported down to the ground that he can see Dragon in sight.

March 2nd 2013 - 20:20 UTC

NASA have given SpaceX a 'GO' for berthing tomorrow morning, March 3rd. The Stations robotic arm will grapple and capture Dragon at 11:31 UTC with berthing to the Station set for 13:40 UTC.

March 1st 2013 - 21:30 UTC

SpaceX have confirmed thruster pods 1 through 4 are now functioning nominally, Dragon is alive and perfectly well. The next possible chance to be captured and berthed to the International Space Station is on Sunday.

March 1st 2013 - 20:26 UTC

If NASA and SpaceX can be happy with the data they could try capture and berthing on Sunday.

March 1st 2013 - 20:25 UTC

Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 rocket performed flawlessly today, however after Dragon spacecraft separation only pod thruster 1 engaged with pods 2-4 showing a low oxidizer pressure. No leakage or debris was released from the craft.

March 1st 2013 - 20:14 UTC

It's been confirmed all four pods have now been recovered and are working, Thrusters on pods 2 and 3 have yet to be enabled however, Elon believes they will function fine as the pressure in the tanks is holding.

March 1st 2013 - 20:12 UTC

Elon Musk thinks a physical blockage caused the thruster issue, 'pressure hammering' by cycling the valves cleared the blockage.

March 1st 2013 - 20:10 UTC

All oxidizer tanks on all four pods are holding their target pressure, Elon is optimistic all four pod thrusters will be brought back online.

March 1st 2013 - 20:06 UTC

Pod thrusters 1 and 4 are now online and working nominally and Dragon has switched from free drift to active control. Work is being done on pods 2 and 3.

March 1st 2013 - 19:40 UTC

NASA have informed the Space Station crew that although progress in recovering Dragon's thrusters is underway, they will NOT be capturing and berthing Dragon tomorrow as planned.

March 1st 2013 - 17:10 UTC

SpaceX have released the following statement:

"Falcon 9 lifted off as planned and experienced a nominal flight. After Dragon achieved orbit, the spacecraft experienced an issue with a propellant valve. One thruster pod is running. We are trying to bring up the remaining three. We did go ahead and get the solar arrays deployed. Once we get at least 2 pods running, we will begin a series of burns to get to station."

March 1st 2013 - 16:50 UTC


March 1st 2013 - 16:45 UTC

Pressure in one of four thruster pods is trending positive. SpaceX are now preparing to deploy the solar arrays.

March 1st 2013 - 16:35 UTC

Videos of launch and all the launch replays from various cameras around the Cape are now available at the bottom of this page.

March 1st 2013 - 16:25 UTC

Currently only one of four thruster pods on the Dragon spacecraft are functioning, They would prefer to have two working before proceding with Solar array deployment.

March 1st 2013 - 16:15 UTC

A command overide will be sent to Dragon shortly as it passes over head an Australian ground station.

March 1st 2013 - 15:50 UTC

Elon Musk tweets: "Issue with Dragon thruster pods. System inhibiting three of four from initializing. About to command inhibit override."

March 1st 2013 - 15:25 UTC

SpaceX have ackowledged a problem and have shut down the webcast.

March 1st 2013 - 15:24 UTC

Dragon is experiencing a problem.

March 1st 2013 - 15:21 UTC

T+10 Mins: The solar arrays are due to deploy in under one minute.

March 1st 2013 - 15:20 UTC

T+10 Mins: DRAGON SEPARATION! Successful separation of Dragon with beutiful shots of inside the trunk.

March 1st 2013 - 15:20 UTC

T+10 Mins: Vehicle is orbital!

March 1st 2013 - 15:20 UTC

T+9 Mins: The second stage has cut off on time.

March 1st 2013 - 15:18 UTC

T+8 Mins: 1 minute of powered flight remaining.

March 1st 2013 - 15:17 UTC

T+7 Mins: The second stage continuing to perform very well.

March 1st 2013 - 15:15 UTC

T+4 Mins: The Dragon Nose cone will have separated by this point.

March 1st 2013 - 15:14 UTC

T+3 Mins: Second stage ignition confirmed. The second stage will burn for 6 minutes.

March 1st 2013 - 15:13 UTC

T+3 Mins: MECO-1! The first stage engines have shut down and separated from the second stage.

March 1st 2013 - 15:12 UTC

T+1 Min: Falcon 9 now passing through the maxiumum dynamic pressure it will see.

March 1st 2013 - 15:11 UTC

T+10 Secs: Falcon 9 has cleared the tower.

March 1st 2013 - 15:10 UTC

T-0: LIFTOFF! The 5th Falcon 9 rocket has lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40.

March 1st 2013 - 15:08 UTC

T-1 Min: Range green.

March 1st 2013 - 15:05 UTC

T-5 Mins: Dragon is now on internal power.

March 1st 2013 - 15:03 UTC

T-8 Mins: The International Space Station is now passing overhead.

March 1st 2013 - 15:03 UTC

T-8 Mins: The International Space Station is now passing overhead.

March 1st 2013 - 14:58 UTC

T-13 Mins: Final polling has completed, all stations are 'GO' for launch.

March 1st 2013 - 14:56 UTC

T-14 Mins: The internal SpaceX team have completed their polls and are 'GO' for launch.

March 1st 2013 - 14:40 UTC

T-30 Mins: Everything is 'GO' for todays launch with no isuses being reported with the Falcon 9, The Dragon, Range and Weather.

March 1st 2013 - 14:15 UTC

The very latest weather briefing shows just a 10% chance of weather prohibiting todays launch.

March 1st 2013 - 13:00 UTC

The Falcon 9 rocket was rolled out and erected at Space Launch Complex 40 yesterday morning ahead of launch. Fueling is now currently underway with weather forecasts showing an 80% chance of 'GO' conditions. Liftoff is set for 15:10 UTC.

February 27th 2013 - 21:30 UTC

With just 2 days to go until launch weather forecasts predict a 90% chance of favourable weather. The SpaceX Falcon 9 has just one launch attempt at 15:10 UTC, 10:10 Local time on Friday, March 1st 2013 with the next day serving as a backup.

At launch the Falcon 9's first stage consisting of nine Merlin 1C engines will power the rocket off the pad at Space Launch Complex 40, the engines consume Liquid Oxygen and highly refined Kerosene. 3 minutes into flight the first stage will shut down and separate, seconds later the second stage powered by a single Merlin engine will ignite. The second stage consuming Liquid Oxygen and highly refined Kerosene will burn for 6 minutes before shutting down.

The Dragon Spacecraft will separate nearly 10 minutes into the mission and deploy it's solar arrays. Dragon will then begin it's journey in orbit to the International Space Station. The Station's robotic arm will be used to capture Dragon the next day, March 2nd, at 11:30 UTC, Dragon will then be berthed to the complex at 13:40 UTC.

Dragon is carrying 677kg of cargo up to the International Space Station and will bring home 1370kg of cargo and trash. The Dragon will also bring two Heat Rejection Subsystem Grapple Fixtures which are the very first external cargo to be launched inside the Spacecrafts external trunk.

February 25th 2013 - 18:30 UTC

The hot fire test has taken place at exactly 18:30 UTC.

February 25th 2013 - 16:30 UTC

Today the 5th Falcon 9 rocket has been rolled out to the launch pad and erected for a hot fire test. The test will ensure the engines perform nominally during launch which is set for March 1st 2013 at 15:10 UTC.