Following the disaster last time, NASA will send resupply mission to ISS through SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today, Tuesday, January 6 at 6:20 a.m. EST. The live launch webcast will begin at approximately 6 a.m. EST on NASA official website.
The Dragon spacecraft is expected to reach the Space Station two days after the liftoff and it will return 4 and Half weeks later to Earth with a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of southern California. Dragon spacecraft is known for returning with experimental instruments in tact most of the time.
The Dragon cargo on the Falcon 9 rocket will carry a load of 3,700 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and supplies, including critical materials to support 256 science and research probes to be taken up on the ISS.
Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket of SpaceX for transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit.Its simple two-stage configuration minimizes the number of separation events — and with nine first-stage engines, it is projected to safely complete its mission even in the event of an engine shutdown.
Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit the station. Since then SpaceX has made a total of three flights to the space station, both delivering and returning cargo for NASA.
Falcon 9, along with the Dragon spacecraft, was designed to deliver humans into space.
Click HERE to see the launch live at NASA website.
In August 2014, SpaceX’s test rocket exploded in mid-flight due to technical snags at the SpaceX Rocket Development and Test Facility in McGregor, Texas due to some anomaly that triggered to self-destroy.
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