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CRS 2 set to launch on Falcon 9 from CCAFS LC 40

Thursday, 28 February 2013

We're about to launch and we're happy to be here," said Mike Suffredini, NASA program manager for International Space Station at Johnson Space Center, as he kicked off the Falcon 9 prelaunch press conference. "Quite a bit of work has been done by the SpaceX and ISS teams to get here. We've spent a few weeks getting the station ready." 

Joel Tumbiolo, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, reported that the weather still remains 80 percent favorable for the 10:10 a.m. EST liftoff. The only concern would be a slight chance of wind or cloud violations.

"Very excited to be back here. We're a launch company and we love to launch," said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX. "We're prepared to fly." 

Tomorrow's launch coverage starts at 8:30 a.m. on NASA TV, www.nasa.gov/ntv and the NASA blog www.nasa.gov/spacex.

The mission is the second of 12 SpaceX flights contracted by NASA to resupply the International Space Station. It will mark the third trip by a Dragon capsule to the orbiting laboratory, following a demonstration flight in May 2012 and the first resupply mission in October 2012.

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