ROCKET LAUNCH: SpaceX Falcon 9 Set To Blast Off From Kennedy Space Center To ISS June 1

By  //  May 30, 2017

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will deliver food, supplies, science investigations

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch June 1 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. (SpaceX image)

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – Come view a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blast off from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A on June 1 at 5:55 p.m. EDT.

The rocket will be carrying the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station and you can watch the launch live on SpaceCoastDaily.com beginning at 5:30 p.m. on June 1.

This will be the 11th of 14 resupply missions by SpaceX for NASA in support of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services program.

Dragon will deliver food and supplies to the crew aboard the ISS, as well as various science investigations:

• Neuron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) instrument
• Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA)
• Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) by Teledyne Brown

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LAUNCH VIEWING AT KSC VISITOR CENTER

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of a launch transportation/viewing ticket.

Availability of viewing opportunities and locations is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and U.S. Air Force approval.

For launch transportation and viewing opportunities, tickets become available for purchase approximately two weeks before the launch date and may be purchased online. The VIP Launch Viewing tab will appear on the ticket page when tickets are available.

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Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute. Learn more about Launch Scrub Policy.

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.

LAUNCH VEHICLE

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 not transported crew, SpaceX continues to work toward their goal of one day carrying astronauts to space in Crew Dragon’s pressurized capsule using the Falcon 9.

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