WATCH LIVE: SpaceX Cargo Mission Launch Set Today

By  //  April 18, 2014

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Watch the live stream beginning at 2:15 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: Tune into SpaceCoastDaily.com to watch the next launch attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket to send the Dragon cargo craft on the company’s third commercial resupply mission to the space station. The launch is scheduled for 3:25 p.m., with coverage beginning at 2:15 p.m.

NASA.gov – The International Space Station Program and SpaceX have selected Friday, April 18 for the next launch attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket to send the Dragon cargo craft on the company’s third commercial resupply mission to the space station.

The International Space Station Program and SpaceX have selected Friday, April 18 for the next launch attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket to send the Dragon cargo craft on the company's third commercial resupply mission to the space station. (NASA.gov image)

The International Space Station Program and SpaceX have selected Friday, April 18 for the next launch attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket to send the Dragon cargo craft on the company’s third commercial resupply mission to the space station. (NASA.gov image)

Launch is scheduled today for 3:25 p.m. EDT. Space CoastDaily.com live coverage will begin at 2:15 p.m. via NASA TV.

A launch today results in a rendezvous with the space station on Sunday, April 20 and a grapple at 7:14 a.m. Live coverage on SpaceCoastDaily.com will begin at 5:45 a.m. with berthing coverage beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron forecast predicts a 40 percent chance of favorable weather, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms that could result in violating the Thick Cloud, Lightning and Flight Through Precipitation rules.

Launch is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage will begin at 2:15 p.m. A launch on Friday results in a rendezvous with the space station on Sunday, April 20 and a grapple at 7:14 a.m. NASA TV coverage will begin at 5:45 a.m. with berthing coverage beginning at 9:30 a.m. (NASA.gov image)

Launch is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage will begin at 2:15 p.m. A launch on Friday results in a rendezvous with the space station on Sunday, April 20 and a grapple at 7:14 a.m. NASA TV coverage will begin at 5:45 a.m. with berthing coverage beginning at 9:30 a.m. (NASA.gov image)

SpaceX has settled on a backup launch date of Saturday, April 19 for the best pair of launch dates for the science payloads being delivered to the station. If needed, a Saturday launch would occur at 3:02 p.m. SpaceCoastDaily.com coverage would begin at 2 p.m.

This would be a three-day transit to the station instead of two days with grapple on Tuesday, April 22.

For the backup opportunity on Saturday, there is a 70 percent chance of favorable weather with a chance of violating the Cumulus Cloud and Ground Winds rules.

If SpaceX launches today, a contingency spacewalk to replace a failed multiplexer-demultiplexer will be conducted on Wednesday, April 23. If SpaceX scrubs today and attempts to launch Saturday, the contingency spacewalk moves earlier to Sunday, April 20.


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