SpaceX is kicking off the week by launching provides to the International Space Station (ISS). The firm is scheduled to fireplace up a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:30 p.m. EDT to ship a Dragon spacecraft full of kit to the orbiting laboratory and astronaut residence.
There is multiple strategy to watch the Falcon 9 raise off on Monday—each SpaceX and NASA are internet hosting feeds of the launch.
According to SpaceX, its reside video of the CRS-14 resupply mission will begin roughly 20 minutes earlier than the Falcon 9 takes off. It will present the Dragon separating from the Falcon 9 about 10 minutes after liftoff.
Meanwhile, NASA has a lineup of protection for the mission beginning at 2 p.m. EDT, together with an evidence of what the Dragon is carrying as much as the ISS and knowledge from consultants in regards to the analysis it should facilitate. Both of these pre-launch exhibits can be replays of broadcasts NASA TV has already aired, however the launch protection will go reside at 4 p.m. and can be adopted by a reside post-launch information convention at 6:30 p.m.
The launch is going down at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
If one thing delays the launch, SpaceX has listed Tuesday afternoon as a backup window. However, issues had been trying good early Monday afternoon. SpaceX tweeted a photo of the rocket and the spacecraft trying able to go.
According to SpaceX, the Dragon may have an estimated 5,800 kilos of cargo and, after docking with the ISS on Wednesday, will keep linked to the area station for a couple of month. Then, reloaded with provides and tools to ship again all the way down to the floor, it should disconnect and fall into the Pacific.
The stuff heading up, NASA has defined, will assist the area company because it researches thunderstorms, the impact of area journey on totally different supplies and whether or not microgravity can help within the growth of simpler medicine, amongst different initiatives.
Monday’s anticipated Dragon launch comes simply three days after the final Falcon 9 liftoff, which introduced 10 communications satellites into low-Earth orbit.