SpaceX rocket launch scheduled for 4:30 pm Monday

03 April, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Kristi Owen
  • Musk aims to make rockets as reusable as commercial aeroplanes bringing down the cost of spaceflight and boosting efficiency

The rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and if anything interferes with the timing, SpaceX will reschedule the launch for 4:08 PM ET tomorrow.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft April 2 carrying more than two and a half tons of cargo for the International Space Station. Tuesday's scheduled launch will be the company's seventh rocket flight this year and its 14th resupply launch to the space station since 2012 under a multibillion-dollar contract with NASA. Dragon supported CRS-8 mission in April 2016.

You can watch live coverage of the Dragon's arrival here at Space.com starting at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT), courtesy of NASA TV. It will splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, with about 3,900 lbs. The first stage safely separated and fell back to the Earth. (1,800 kg) of cargo, SpaceX officials said in a statement.

An investigation that seeks to better understand how the lack of gravity affects a process used to produce high-performance products from metal powders.


Once installed, an Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor will be outside the space station to survey severe thunderstorms and monitor upper-atmosphere lightning. The research will help scientists understand why and how these phenomena happen. The experiment, called the Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (Veggie PONDS), will test a machine that gives nutrients to lettuce and mizuna greens for harvest and consumption in orbit.

These are only a few examples of the many science experiments heading to the ISS aboard this Dragon cargo mission.

After the capture, ground commands will be sent from mission control in Houston for the station's arm to rotate and install it on the bottom of the station's Harmony module, NASA says.

Since cost reduction is one of the main objects of SpaceX, it is logical that they tend to use the most common materials possible, ensuring that there is a large enough number of them to face neither problems of supply nor search of experts for operating them. Test your SpaceX know-how here.

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