Nine months after a SpaceX rocket exploded on a approach to a International Space Station, a association has announced it will launch another moody on Friday to resupply astronauts in orbit.
Lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida during 4:43 pm (2043 GMT) atop a Falcon 9 rocket, a unmanned Dragon plug will be carrying some 3,100 kilograms of rigging for a 6 astronauts vital during a investigate outpost.
One of a equipment to be delivered is a Bigelow Expandable Activity Module – an inflatable space room a astronauts will temporarily insert to a space hire and perform tests in microgravity.
If all goes well, a Dragon will wharf during a ISS on Sunday, fasten Orbital ATK’s Cygnus load craft, that outlines a initial time that dual vehicles engaged by NASA and grown by private attention to resupply a hire will be connected to it during a same time.
Four Russian booster will also be benefaction (two Soyuz organisation capsules and dual Progress load vehicles), repeating 2011’s record of 6 capsules parked during a hire during a same timeframe.
For SpaceX, this will also be a initial lapse to a ISS after final year’s accident, and a eighth resupply outing in a array that NASA has elect from a company.
According to forecasts, a continue on Friday should be around 90% enlightened for lift off, with transparent skies and usually amiable breeze – a solitary cause that competence benefaction a smallest of dangers. “It will be a good day to launch a rocket,” pronounced NASA continue officer Kathy Winters.
As partial of CEO Elon Musk’s ongoing bid to reduce a cost of rising to space by creation rocket components reusable, a association will make another try during alighting Falcon 9’s initial theatre on a floating height in a Atlantic Ocean shortly after a Friday launch.
“We positively wish we are going to spike a alighting this time,” SpaceX Vice President Hans Koenigsmann said. Currently, costly rocket tools are jettisoned into a sea after launch.
The Dragon’s attainment during a ISS early this Sunday, Apr 10, will be promote by NASA, commencement during 5:30 am (0930 GMT).