Nasa’s commercial cargo provider i.e., SpaceX is all ready to launch its new spacecraft called Dragon spacecraft. The company is launching it on Tommorrow for its 11th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
The 230-foot-tall SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, consisting of a Dragon spacecraft, scheduled to lift off at 5:55 p.m. EDT (3.25 a.m Friday India time) from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA reported, “This will be the sixth SpaceX rocket to take off from the historic pad further emphasizing the center’s role as a premier, multi-user spaceport. The company’s 230-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket will boost a Dragon capsule filled with supplies and experiments. The payload will include important materials to support more than 250 science and research investigations taking place during Expeditions 52 and 53.”
“It is carrying almost 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of Expedition 52 and 53 crew members,” NASA reported.
When the spacecraft will reach the space station, US astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will grapple it by using the station’s 57-foot-long robotic arm. The ground commands will be sent via mission control for the station’s arm to rotate and install the Dragon capsule to the station’s Harmony module.
After that, the Expedition 51 crew will unpack the Dragon and start working with the experiments. The Dragon spacecraft will remain at the space station until approximately July 2. Then, it will get back to the Earth with research and return cargo in a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Baja California.