SpaceX CRS-17 Dragon cargo Launch on Today!
|SpaceX Dragon Cargo Launch|
SpaceX is now planned to launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and CRS-17 Dragon cargo mission for NASA after a drone ship issue and helium leak prevented a Friday liftoff. The launch is currently scheduled at 2:48 a.m. EDT (12:18 pm Saturday, Indian Standard Time). You can watch the launch live here or Sciencenews18 Webcast, beginning at about 2:30 a.m. EDT.
Please note the Launch date has been updated to no earlier than today (May 4) at 2:48 a.m. EDT. SpaceX has pushed back the launch of a Dragon cargo mission for several time, with liftoff is now planned on today 2:30 a.m. EDT.
If everything goes as planned, This will be the 17th SpaceX mission under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. The Dragon Cargo spacecraft will deliver supplies and critical materials to support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 59 and 60. The spacecraft’s unpressurized trunk will transport NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) and Space Test Program-Houston 6 (STP-H6).
OCO-3 will be installed robotically on the exterior of the space station’s Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility Unit, where it will measure and map carbon dioxide from space to increase our understanding of the relationship between carbon and climate. STP-H6 is an X-ray communication investigation that will be used to perform a space-based demonstration of new technology for generating beams of modulated X-rays. This technology may be useful for providing efficient communication to deep space probes or communicating with hypersonic vehicles where plasma sheaths prevent traditional radio communications.
The Dragon Cargo spacecraft will take two days to reach the international space station. When it arrives, astronaut David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency will grapple Dragon, with NASA astronaut Nick Hague serving as backup. NASA astronaut Christina Koch will assist by monitoring telemetry during Dragon’s approach. After Dragon capture, mission control in Houston will send commands to the station’s arm to rotate and install the spacecraft on the bottom of the station’s Harmony module.
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