SpaceX is officially an old professional shipping cargo to the International Space Station. It will attempt to continue its successful Dragon Spaceship journey with CRS-18, the 18th commercial replenishment mission to launch on Wednesday.
NASA will broadcast the missile launch of Falcon 9 live on NASA television. The livestream will start at 1
But do not be too excited. The weather forecast does not look good. Meteorologists of the US Air Force said only a 30 percent chance of favorable weather ahead. "Primary weather concerns are cumulus clouds and associated anvil clouds and lightning," NASA said Monday Friday. An opportunity to start a backup is already scheduled for Thursday at 15:01. Pacific, if Wednesday does not work.
SpaceX attempts to recover the first stage of Falcon 9 by returning it to Cape Canaveral for a landing.
The spaceship CRS-18 Dragon looks a little different from the previous ones. It is launched with anear the side hatch to commemorate the 1969 moon landing.
This particular dragon capsule has already traveled to the ISS twice on the other side of the hatch.
The cargo mission is full of equipment, supplies and experiments. It is particularly equipped with the International Docking Adapter-3, which is attached to the ISS, so that future spacecraft of the NASA Commercial Crew Program (19459007) can dock autonomously. SpaceX and its Crew Dragon vehicle are part of this program, which aims to bring back astronauts from US soil into space.
Dragon will dock at the ISS for about four weeks before returning to Earth. SpaceX will provide power to the space station by 2024. The CRS-18 mission can be done as usual, but a rocket launch is always a majestic sight.