Next SpaceX Resupply Mission Blasts Off March 1

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Will Carry 1,200 Pounds Of Equipment To ISS

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BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – NASA has announced that the next SpaceX private cargo mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to lift off March 1.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is connected to the International Space Station through use of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. (Image courtesy of NASA)

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying an unmanned SpaceX Dragon spacrcraft is tentatively set to launch at 10:10 a.m. Friday, March 1 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 40.

The Dragon is scheduled to make a cargo delivery at the ISS on March 2.

The Dragon will transport more than 1,200 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies to the orbiting station.

Plan call for the Dragon to return to Earth on March 25 off the coast of Baja California.

The return mission will bring back about 2,300 of used equipment, laundry and experiment samples.

SpaceX has launched several successful Dragon flights so far to the ISS.

A demo flight to the ISS was conducted last May by SpaceX and the first actual mission docked with the ISS in October ferrying more than 1,000 of cargo and supplies to the station.

The March flight to the ISS will be the second of 12 planned resupply missions under a $1.6 million agreement between SpaceX and NASA.