Updated June 5: SpaceX has delayed the launch of its CRS-28 cargo mission to no sooner today (June 5) at 11:47 EDT (1547 GMT) due to high winds in the rocket recovery area. The launch had been scheduled for Sunday, just four hours after another SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of 22 V2 Starlink satellites from a nearby pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
SpaceX will launch its 28th cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA on Monday (June 5) after a two-day weather delay, and you can watch the action live.
A SpaceX The Falcon 9 rocket is now scheduled to launch a Dragon robotic cargo capsule towards the orbiting laboratory on Monday at 11:47 AM EDT (1547 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 in the early morning hours, citing the need to “allow more time for vehicle preparations and improved weather conditions,” according to a Twitter update. On Sunday (June 4), SpaceX announced another day lateciting strong winds in the rocket recovery area.
You can watch the launch here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly through SpaceX’s space agency. The SpaceX webcast will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff. There is no guarantee the Dragon however, it will take off in time; in fact, there’s a 40% chance the weather won’t cooperate on Monday. If the launch doesn’t happen on Monday, the next opportunity comes Wednesday (June 7) at 11:01 am EDT (1501 GMT).
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THE Falcon 9 will carry the uncrewed Dragon capsule into orbit on a rendezvous route for the International Space Station (ISS). Following stage separation, the Falcon 9 first stage will perform a boost-back burn and land on SpaceX’s autonomous drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Dragon freighter will spend just over 40 hours on an intercept course with the International Space Station. You can also watch the capsule docking with the orbiting laboratory here on Space.com when the time comes.
Dragon will carry a few thousand pounds of supplies for science investigations and provisions for the station crew. A Northrop Grumman delayed launch Swan The ISS resupply vehicle, NG-19, has prompted NASA to transfer some of the payload planned for that mission to Dragon to prevent the space station’s cache from depleting too much.
During a pre-launch press conference on Tuesday (May 30), NASA ISS chief scientist Kirt Costello said CRS-28 “is making up for the delays we’ve had in our NG Cygnus vehicle arriving at the Station. So, We’re sending a lot of extra logistics crew supplies for the crew to keep them going through the end of the year.”
Scientific research aboard CRS-28 brings new experiments to the ISS, as well as supplies materials for more than 30 ongoing projects. The CLINGER Technology Demonstration for Space Station Autonomous Docking Systems, microgravityDNA-induced mutation of telomeres and blue energy thunderstorm discharge research are among some of the new science experiments underway in this mission.
Half a dozen cubesat they are also hidden aboard CRS-28 Dragon, all but one of which are student-run projects from the Canadian Space Agency’s Canadian Cubeaat program. The sixth comes from the Aerospace Corporation, in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space Systems Command. It’s called Moonlighter, and it will provide the platform for a space-based cybersecurity hacking challenge.
CRS-28 also carries the next pair of International Space Station Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs), which are attached on top of the ISS’s existing solar arrays to boost the station’s electricity needs. Those will be removed from Dragon’s trunk using the station’s robotic arm, then installed by NASA astronauts over the course of two spacewalks. Once operational, the full complement of iROSA will increase the power supply of the orbiting laboratory by 20% to 30%.
SpaceX’s Dragon freighter is designed as a reusable vehicle and will return science samples from more than 34 investigations aboard the ISS at the end of its time at the station. Like its manned counterpart, the Dragon freighter returns to Earth for soft, parachute-assisted ocean landings.
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