March 23, 2016

"The CRS-8 mission will return the spacecraft to resupply operations via her first ride on the upgraded Falcon 9. Launch has been set for April 8, which has an instantaneous window targeting 16:43 Eastern." Dragon’s pressurized section will be lofting an array of science research, crew supplies and hardware in support of the Expedition 47 and 48 crews. by Chris Bergin

'Her trunk will be carrying the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) ahead of its installation on the orbital outpost.

'The launch of BEAM will allow Bigelow and NASA to demonstrate the inflatable habitat’s capabilities on ISS. It is expected to perform at least two years of testing on the Station, providing a key shake out of the technology that is likely to play a major role in human deep space exploration.

'The McGregor leg of testing towards this mission suffered an incident during follow-up testing after the stage had successfully completed a full-duration static fire. A GSE (Ground Support Equipment)-related incident resulted in damage to most of first stage’s engine nozzles, which have since been repaired.

'The first stage is expected to arrive her SLC-40 launch site at Cape Canaveral this week, ahead of the final processing flow towards launch. This stage will also be involved with the latest attempt to land on the deck of “Of Course I Still Love You”. The Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) is currently having her battle scars repaired after being hit hard by the first stage involved with the SES-9 launch.'

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