SpaceX CRS-9

SpaceX CRS-9

SpaceX CRS-9
Artist rendering of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft being berthed to ISS
Mission type ISS resupply
Operator SpaceX/NASA
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Dragon
Manufacturer SpaceX
Start of mission
Launch date 21 March 2016
Rocket Falcon 9 v1.1
Launch site Cape Canaveral SLC-40
Contractor SpaceX
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Epoch Planned
Berthing at ISS
Berthing port Harmony nadir
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SpaceX CRS-9, also known as SpX-9, is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station scheduled for 2016. The mission has been contracted by NASA and will be flown by SpaceX.


  • Launch schedule history 1
  • Primary payload 2
  • Secondary payload 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Launch schedule history

As of March 2015, the NASA Plan Flight Planning Integration Panel (FPIP) PowerPoint showed the launch was scheduled to occur no earlier than (NET) December 9, 2015.[1] However, this is under review pending the findings of the reasons behind the recent failure of SpaceX CRS-7. Following the review the flight has been tentatively scheduled for 21 March 2016.

Primary payload

NASA has contracted for the CRS-9 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the primary payload, date/time of launch, and orbital parameters for the Dragon space capsule.

NASA payload for CRS-9 may include JAXA animal research experiments.[2]

IDA-2, a docking adapter, will be launched in Dragon's trunk.[3][4]

Secondary payload

SpaceX has the primary control over manifesting, scheduling and loading secondary payloads. However there are certain restrictions included in their contract with NASA that preclude specified hazards on the secondary payloads, and also require contract-specified probabilities of success and safety margins for any SpaceX reboosts of the secondary satellites once the Falcon 9 second stage has achieved its initial low-Earth orbit (LEO).


  1. ^ "Worldwide Launch Schedule". SpaceflightNow. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  2. ^ SpaceX Dragon Cargo Mission Post Launch News Conference on YouTube at time: 17:20. NASA TV (in English). Retrieved 14 April 2015. Statement: I don't have the specific lists in front of me, I can tell you for the next — I think we started with six, seven, eight, and nine — for sure — we plan to keep on flying the animals for animal research. I believe on SpaceX-9 we're gonna also include some research from JAXA in that same area, of animal research. I'd have to go back and look, I'm sure there's some additional experiments that we're flying for fluid shifts, to support the human research …
  3. ^ Hartman, Dan (23 July 2012). "International Space Station Program Status" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Hartman, Daniel (July 2014). "Status of the ISS USOS" (PDF). NASA Advisory Council HEOMD Committee. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 

External links

  • NASA