Sunday’s SpaceX Launch Rescheduled For March 30

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fifth flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launch from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida during the second SpaceX mission is to resupply the International Space Station.

UPDATE: March 13, 2014

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – The scheduled Sunday launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape bound for the International Space Station has been delayed and is now set for a March 30 blastoff.

SPACEX-LAUNCH-180-117It will be the fifth flight for SpaceX’s uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft, and the third SpaceX operational mission contracted to NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract.

Among other NASA cargo, the SpaceX CRS-3 mission will be carrying an instrument to the Space Station called Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS), which will demonstrate high-bandwidth space to ground laser communications.

UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2014

SpaceX-3 Resupply Launch

NASA – Weather is expected to cooperate for the upcoming launch of SpaceX-3 to the International Space Station.

Weather is expected to cooperate for the upcoming launch of SpaceX-3 to the International Space Station. (SpaceX image)

Weather is expected to cooperate for the upcoming launch of SpaceX-3 to the International Space Station. (SpaceX image)

The “launch minus four days” forecast issued today predicts a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions at launch time, scheduled for 4:41 a.m. EDT on Sunday, March 16.

SpaceX-3 is the third commercial resupply mission to space station for SpaceX. During the mission, the Dragon capsule will deliver 4,969 pounds of cargo to the orbiting laboratory and return 3,578 pounds to Earth.

Dragon is launching aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

ORIGINAL POST: MARCH 2, 2014

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Set For Liftoff March 16

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – The SpaceX CRS-3 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, contracted to NASA, is set for launch on March 16 at 4:41 a.m. EDT from Cape Cananveral Air Force Station, Space Launch Complex 40.

NASA-SPACEX-435-1It will be the fifth flight for SpaceX’s uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft, and the third SpaceX operational mission contracted to NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract.

Among other NASA cargo, the SpaceX CRS-3 mission will be carrying an instrument to the Space Station called Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS), which will demonstrate high-bandwidth space to ground laser communications.


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