SpaceX Resupply Mission Launches to Space Station
By Space Coast Daily // April 14, 2015
Arrival at ISS is set for Friday at 7 a.m.
WATCH LIVE: Watch the replay of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday.
UPDATE: April 14, 2015, 4:10 pm.
The Dragon spacecraft is on its own in orbit and operating with its arrays deployed as planned.
Next stop, the International Space Station where Flight Engineer and European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts will use the station’s 57.7-foot robotic arm to reach out and capture it as they operate from the station’s cupola.
Arrival is set for Friday at 7 a.m. EDT.
The spacecraft’s two tons of supplies, science experiments, and technology demonstrations includes critical materials to support about 40 of more than 250 science and research investigations during the station’s Expeditions 43 and 44.
Falcon 9 Launch Scheduled For 4:10 p.m.
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FLORIDA — The Falcon 9 launch of SpaceX’s next resupply run to the International Space Station is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. today.
It is SpaceX’s sixth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station.
The weather forcast calls for scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. It will continue to feel muggy with high temperatures in the mid 80s.
UPDATE: April 13, 2015, 4:40 p.m.
The SpaceX launch was scrubbed due to unacceptable weather conditions at Cape Canaveral.
The next launch attempt will take place at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday.
The countdown was halted at T-minus 3 minutes, 8 seconds due to hazardous anvil clouds encroaching within a 10-mile exclusion zone around the Falcon 9 launch pad. The instantaneous launch window meant this was an automatic scrub for today.
ORIGINAL STORY: April 13, 2015, 8 a.m.
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FLORIDA – The Falcon 9 launch of SpaceX’s next resupply run to the International Space Station is scheduled for 4:33 p.m. today.
Tune into SpaceCoastDaily.com beginning at 4:15 p.m to watch the launch live.
The rocket will blastoff from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. This will be the sixth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for SpaceX under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.
The Falcon 9 rocket’s liftoff from Cape Canaveral was due for no earlier than April 10, but the launch date has been delayed to April 13.
The mission will send SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship into orbit in pursuit of the space station.
The Dragon capsule will carry several tons of provisions and experiments to the complex, where the lab’s Canadian-built robot arm will grapple the SpaceX-owned spaceship after a laser-guided final approach.
Falcon 9 is SpaceX’s two-stage rocket manufactured to successfully transport satellites and their Dragon spacecraft into orbit.
Currently the only rocket fully designed and developed in the 21st century, Falcon 9 delivers payloads to space aboard the Dragon spacecraft or inside a composite fairing.
Safety and mission success were critical in the design of the Falcon 9 Rocket.
With a minimal number of separation events and nine first-stage Merlin engines, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is designed so that even if two of the engines shut down, the rocket can still operate.
In 2012, SpaceX became the first commercial company to rendezvous with the International Space Station.
Although these flights have been unmanned, SpaceX continues to work toward their goal of one day carrying astronauts to space in Dragon’s pressurized capsule.
To date, they have completed eight of eight attempted missions successfully.
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BEOW VIDEO: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.