Updated on June 3: SpaceX delayed the launch of its CRS-28 cargo mission no earlier than Sunday, June 4, at 12:12 p.m. EDT (1612 GMT) due to bad weather and vehicle inspections.
SpaceX will launch its 28th cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday (June 4) after a day of weather delays and you can watch the action live.
ONE space The Falcon 9 rocket is now scheduled to launch a Robot Dragon cargo capsule towards the lab in orbit on Sunday at 12:12 pm EDT (1612 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 3, but SpaceX announced a 24-hour delay of several hours citing the need for “more time to prepare the vehicle and improved weather conditions.” good,” according to a report. Twitter update.
You can watch the launch here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly through SpaceX’s space agency. SpaceX webcast will start at 12 noon EDT (1600 GMT). There is no guarantee dragon However, will take off on time; in fact, there is a 60% chance that the weather will be unfavorable on Sunday, only slightly better than a 70% chance of bad weather on Saturday. If the launch doesn’t happen today, the next opportunity will come Monday (June 5) at 11:47 a.m. EDT (1547 GMT).
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The Falcon 9 will carry the unopened Dragon capsule into orbit on a rendezvous for the International Space Station (ISS). After stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will perform an enhanced combustion and land on SpaceX’s autonomous drone, A Shortfall of Gravitas, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
The cargo dragon will spend over 40 hours on an interception course with International Space Station. Dragon will catch up to the ISS early Monday morning (June 5), with the Harmony module’s zenith docking scheduled for 5:36 a.m. EDT (09:36 GMT). You can also watch it here at Space.com, when the time comes.
Dragon will carry several thousand pounds of scientific research supplies and supplies for the station’s crew. A Delayed Launch Of Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus The ISS’s resupply vehicle, NG-19, prompted NASA to transfer some of that mission’s intended cargo to Dragon to keep the space station’s cache from dropping too much.
During a pre-launch press conference on Tuesday (May 30), NASA’s ISS chief scientist Kirt Costello said that CRS-28 is “compensating for the delay we experienced with our NG Cygnus vehicle We’re going to the Station. So we’re sending a lot of extra logistics to the crew to keep them running through the year-end.”
Scientific research on board CRS-28 brings new experiments to the ISS, as well as supplementing material for more than 30 ongoing projects. Demonstration of CLIINGER technology for autonomous space station docking systems, microgravitytelomere DNA mutagens and green-energy thunderstorm discharge studies are among a number of new science experiments that will be carried out during this mission.
Half-dozen Cube also tucked away on CRS-28 Dragon, all but one of which are student-run projects from the Canadian Space Agency’s Cubeaat program. The sixth came from the Aerospace Corporation, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory and Space Systems Command. It’s called Moonlighter, and it will provide the foundation for the cyber security hacking challenge in space.
CRS-28 also carries the next pair of iROSAs (International Space Station Deployment Solar Array), which are being mounted on top of the ISS’s existing solar panels to increase the station’s electricity needs. Those will be removed from the Dragon’s trunk using the station’s robotic arm, which is then installed by NASA astronauts over the course of two years. space walk. Once operational, the full addition of iROSA will increase the orbital lab’s power supply by 20% to 30%.
SpaceX’s cargo dragon is designed as a reusable vehicle and will return scientific samples from more than 34 investigations aboard the ISS at the end of their stay at the station. Like its crewed counterpart, the Cargo Dragon returns to Earth to perform gentle, parachute-assisted jumps into the sea.