SpaceX is officially an old professional shipping cargo to the International Space Station. With CRS-18, its 18th commercial replenishment mission, the company will seek to continue its successful kite spaceflight. The launch of Dragon was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but the bad weather delayed the attempt.
An opportunity to start a backup is already scheduled for Thursday at 1
The weather forecast was not good for Wednesday, and the problems could last until Thursday. Meteorologists of the US Air Force originally predicted only a 30% chance of favorable weather. "The main weather concerns are cumulus clouds and associated anvil clouds and lightning," NASA said Monday.
SpaceX will attempt to rescue the first stage of the 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 released with anear the side hatch to commemorate the 1969 moon landing.
This special dragon capsule has already traveled to the ISS twice, leaving two space station logos on the other side of the hatch.
Dragon also has four ceramic heat shield tiles, which are being tested for use on theSpaceX next-generation spacecraft.
Supplies and experiments. Specifically, the International Docking Adapter-3 will be connected to the ISS to allow future spacecraft of the NASA Commercial Crew Program (19459007) to 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.
Originally published on July 24, 10:03, PT.
Update, 15:52 PT: Adds that the launch has been delayed. Updated 22:07 PT