SSEP Mission 5 to the International Space Station (ISS)

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Last update of this page: July 15, 2014, 11:10 am ET


Payload Ferry Flights and ISS Crew Data

Ferry Vehicle to ISS: Orbital Sciences Orb-2 (Antares rocket, Cygnus spacecraft)
Launch Date: 12:52 pm ET, July 13, 2014
Crew: none
Launch Site: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), Virginia
Berthing at ISS: 6:39 am ET, July 16, 2014

Launch Date History:
Initial Launch Date: May 1, 2014
Slip: rescheduled to NET May 6, 2014
Slip: rescheduled to NET June 9 or 10, 2014
Slip: rescheduled for NET June 16, 2014
Slip: rescheduled to NET July 1, 2014
Slip: rescheduled to NET July 10, 2014
Slip: rescheduled to July 11, 2014
Slip: rescheduled to July 12, 2014
Slip: rescheduled to July 13, 2014

Ferry Vehicle for Return to Earth: SpaceX-4
Crew: none
Undocking/Landing Date: currently October 18, 2014
Landing Site: Pacific, off the California coast
Payload Duration on ISS: nominally 6 weeks, but expectation is now 14 weeks

Notable: visit the NASA ISS website for a comprehensive overview of ISS construction, on-orbit research, operations, crews, and multimedia galleries; read about the Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft and Antares rocket; read about the SpaceX Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft at nasa.gov

ISS Crew for SSEP Mission 5 Payload Operations: Expedition 40
Station Commander Steve Swanson (USA); Flight Engineers Maxim Suraev (Russia), Alexander Skvortsov (Russia), Reid Wiseman (USA; on Twitter @astro_reid), Alexander Gerst (ESA), and Oleg Artemyev (Russia). (see Expeditions Schedule at nasa.gov)


SSEP Mission 5 to ISS: Payload and Program Data

Payload Designation: SSEP7 – Charlie Brown (named for Apollo 10 Command Module; starting with Mission 5 to ISS, SSEP experiments payloads are named for Apollo Command Modules; prior to Mission 5, payloads were named for Apollo Lunar Modules)

Number of Student Team Flight Experiments:15
Payload: Suite of Fluids Mixing Enclosure (FMA – Mark II) Mini-laboratories
Stowage: NanoRacks Express Rack on ISS

History:
The seventh SSEP flight opportunity—for SSEP Mission 5 to the International Space Station—was announced by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education on May 14, 2013, with an accompanying Video Clip by Center Director, Dr. Jeff Goldstein.

Current Status:
As of June 25, 2014: 6,750 student researchers across 15 Mission 5 to ISS communities were formally engaged in microgravity experiment design. A total of 1,344 flight experiment proposals were received from student research teams. On December 16, 2013, NCESSE formally notified each community of their selected flight experiments. Flight experiments have now completed NASA Flight Safety Review at Johnson Space Center, and are being readied for launch on July 10, 2014. 

A List of Important SSEP Mission 5 to ISS Subpages:
SSEP Mission 5 to ISS: Critical Timeline
SSEP Mission 5 to ISS: Mini-Laboratory Operation
SSEP Mission 5 to ISS: Mission Patch Art and Design Competition
SSEP Mission 5 to ISS: Flight Operations

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC, working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre-college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.