SpaceX Scheduled To Launch Cargo Mission From Cape Canaveral

SpaceX Scheduled To Launch Cargo Mission From Cape Canaveral

SpaceX Scheduled To Launch Cargo Mission From Cape Canaveral

Hawthorne-based SpaceX will use one of its Dragon cargo-carrying spaceships, which will be launched aboard a previously used Falcon 9 Rocket.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched last night (Monday 2 April) from Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo that showcases the ingenuity of the United Kingdom space sector.

However, while recycled rockets might be becoming the norm thanks to this launch, the company won't be landing its Falcon 9 after today.

The Dragon carries almost 2,650 kilograms of cargo for the space station on this mission, the 14th under its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA. (That flight took place in August of 2017.) Rather than reuse the rocket, SpaceX said it would gather data on the trip during its fall.

The payload included 5,800 lbs (2,630 kilograms) of supplies for various projects and initiatives aboard the ISS.

On Wednesday, April 4 International Space Station crew members will use the station's 57.7-foot (17.6-meter) robotic arm to reach out and capture the Dragon spacecraft and attach it to the orbiting laboratory.

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NASA pays commercial partners like SpaceX to transport supplies to the station.

And as for the Dragon? In the statement released Thursday, the FCC said it was the first approval of "a USA -licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of Low Earth Orbit satellite technologies". It will bring back almost 4,000 lbs of cargo, according to SpaceX.

The experiment is important as there are thousands of pieces of space debris circulating the planet - many travelling faster than a speeding bullet - posing a risk to valuable satellites and even the International Space Station itself. The Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS) arriving on Dragon uses a newly developed passive nutrient delivery system and the Veggie plant growth facility now aboard the space station to cultivate leafy greens. "ASIM advances understanding of the effect of thunderstorms on Earth's atmosphere, helping to improve atmospheric models and meteorological and climatological predictions", NASA officials said in the statement.

Police said the Global Positioning System was instructing a "U-turn" at the intersection "most likely because of an earlier crash with road blockage on SR 407 - which was the original Global Positioning System route from the Space Center for their trip back to Davenport". Prior to that, a Falcon 9 is scheduled to send NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite into orbit on April 16.

These are only a few examples of the many science experiments heading to the ISS aboard this Dragon cargo mission.

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