SpaceX CRS-28
CRS-28 detached from upper stage showing the iROSA solar arrays stowed in the trunk
NamesSpX-28
Mission typeISS resupply
OperatorSpaceX
COSPAR ID2023-080A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.56845Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration24 days, 22 hours and 43 minutes
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftCargo Dragon C208
Spacecraft typeCargo Dragon
ManufacturerSpaceX
Dry mass9,525 kg (20,999 lb)
DimensionsHeight: 8.1 m (27 ft)
Diameter: 4 m (13 ft)
Start of mission
Launch date5 June 2023, 15:47 UTC[1][2]
RocketFalcon 9 Block 5, B1077.5
Launch siteKennedy Space Center, LC-39A
ContractorSpaceX
End of mission
Recovered byMV Shannon
Landing date30 June 2023, 14:30 UTC
Landing siteAtlantic Ocean
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Inclination51.66°
Docking with ISS
Docking portHarmony zenith
Docking date6 June 2023, 09:54 UTC
Undocking date29 June 2023, 16:30 UTC
Time docked23 days, 6 hours and 36 minutes

SpaceX CRS-28 mission patch  

SpaceX CRS-28, also known as SpX-28, is a Commercial Resupply Service mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched on 5 June 2023.[1] The mission was contracted by NASA and flown by SpaceX using Cargo Dragon ship C208. It was the eighth flight for SpaceX under NASA's CRS Phase 2.[3]

Payload

ISS logistics

NASA contracted for the CRS-28 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the primary payload, date of launch, and orbital parameters for the Cargo Dragon.[4][5]

ISS Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSA)

See also: Roll Out Solar Array

Third pair of new solar arrays using XTJ Prime space solar cells. They were delivered to the station in the unpressurized trunk of the SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft.[6]

The installation of these new solar arrays will require two spacewalks each: one to prepare the worksite with a modification kit and another to install the new panel.[7][8]

CubeSats

CubeSats launched on this mission:

Mission details

The CRS-28 resupply mission was originally planned to launch on 4 June 2023, at 16:12:41 UTC. However, the countdown was stopped at T-01:49:08, and SpaceX scrubbed the mission and postponed it to the day after due to high winds in the recovery area. SpaceX announced, about 45 minutes afterward, the new T-0, planned for 15:47 UTC. The Falcon 9 rocket and the Cargo Dragon spacecraft lifted off at the new T-0, from the Kennedy Space Center's Space Launch Complex-39A. The first stage separation happened at T+02:38 and the Falcon 9 landed at T+09:05 on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship. At T+12:11, the Cargo Dragon separated from the second stage.

Dragon docked to the International Space Station's Harmony module on Tuesday, June 6, at 09:54 UTC.[11]

On June 7, SpaceX announced on Twitter that on the previous day, the Dragon 2 fleet as a whole had accumulated 1,324 days in orbit, surpassing the Space Shuttle program's total time in space. SpaceX also said that the mission was the 38th mission to ISS for Dragon 1 and 2 capsules, which exceeded the Shuttle's 37 ISS missions.[12]

Cargo Dragon C208 was undocked from the ISS on 29 June 2023 at 16:30 UTC. The capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean on 30 June 2023 at 14:30 UTC, where it was retrieved by MV Shannon.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Baylor, Michael. "Falcon 9 Block 5 – SpX CRS-28". Next Spaceflight. Retrieved 5 June 2023.
  2. ^ "SpaceX".
  3. ^ Reckart, Timothy (15 June 2022). "Microgravity Research Flights". NASA. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  4. ^ "SpaceX Commercial Resupply". ISS Program Office. NASA. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "NASA's SpaceX CRS-28 Mission Overview". Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  6. ^ "Current and Future Operations and Challenges with International Space Station". ISS Program Office. NASA. 15 October 2020. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2021. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  7. ^ Clark, Stephen (13 January 2021). "Boeing says assembly complete on first set of new space station solar arrays". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 14 January 2021.
  8. ^ "SpaceX launches Dragon cargo ship to deliver new solar arrays to space station – Spaceflight Now".
  9. ^ a b Josh Dinner (2 June 2023). "World's 1st 'hacking sandbox' satellite and more to ride on SpaceX's next NASA cargo launch". space.com. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  10. ^ Layne Ransom (29 May 2023). "USask student satellite to be launched to the International Space Station". University of Saskatchwewan. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  11. ^ Mike Wall (6 June 2023). "SpaceX Dragon CRS-28 cargo capsule docks with space station to deliver vital supplies". space.com. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  12. ^ Wall, Mike (9 June 2023). "SpaceX Dragon breaks 2 space shuttle orbital records". Space.com. Retrieved 9 June 2023.