Updated Guidance on SpaceX’s First Launch from Pad 39A
HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Jan. 29, 2017. SpaceX announced today that its first launch from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be the CRS-10 mission to the International Space Station. The launch is currently targeted for no earlier than mid-February. Following the launch of CRS-10, first commercial mission from 39A is currently slated to be EchoStar XXIII. This schedule change allows time for additional testing of ground systems ahead of the CRS-10 mission. The launch vehicles, Dragon, and the EchoStar satellite are all healthy and prepared for launch.
U.S. media interested in covering the CRS-10 mission must apply to NASA by 4:30 p.m. EST, today, Sunday, Jan. 29 to request accreditation.
SpaceX has extended media accreditation for U.S. media wishing to cover the EchoStar XXIII mission. U.S. media who have not yet submitted requests using the form below or linked to here may now make requests to for accreditation up until 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday, Feb. 10. As indicated below, requesting accreditation is not required of media who hold current annual press credentials issued by Kennedy Space Center, but it is appreciated for planning purposes.
More details on these missions and various pre-launch activities will be made available at a later date.