SpaceX is targeting Monday, April 2 for an instantaneous launch of its fourteenth Commercial Resupply Providers mission (CRS-14) at 4:30 p.m. EDT, or 20:30 UTC, from Room Launch Advanced 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Power Station, Florida.
An instantaneous backup launch option is on Tuesday, April 3 at 4:08 p.m. EDT, or 20:08 UTC. Dragon will different from Falcon 9’s next phase about 10 minutes after liftoff and connect to the room station on Wednesday, April 4.
The two Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-14 mission are flight-confirmed. Falcon 9’s initially phase previously supported the CRS-12 mission in August 2017 and Dragon previously supported the CRS-8 mission in April 2016.
SpaceX will not attempt to recuperate Falcon 9’s initially phase after launch.
Dragon will be stuffed with about 5,800 kilos of supplies, payloads and automobile components, which includes significant supplies to specifically assist science and investigation investigations that will occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.
SpaceX CRS-14 is the fourteenth of up to 20 missions to the Global Room Station that SpaceX will fly for NASA less than the initially CRS agreement. In January 2016, NASA declared that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch automobile and Dragon spacecraft were picked to resupply the room station through 2024 as portion of a next Commercial Resupply Providers agreement award. Beneath the CRS contracts, SpaceX has restored an American functionality to provide and return significant amounts of cargo, which includes are living crops and animals, to and from the orbiting laboratory. A variant of the Dragon spacecraft, named Crew Dragon, is being designed for U.S.- primarily based crew transportation to and from the room station.
On Wednesday, April 4 Global Room Station crew customers will use the station’s 57.7-foot (17.6-meter) robotic arm to attain out and seize the Dragon spacecraft and connect it to the orbiting laboratory.
Dragon will return to Earth with a lot more than 3,900 kilos of cargo after an roughly just one-thirty day period continue to be at the Global Room Station. About 5 several hours after Dragon leaves the room station, it will conduct its deorbit melt away, which lasts up to 10 minutes. It normally takes about 30 minutes for Dragon to reenter the Earth’s ambiance and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coastline of Baja California.
For a lot more data about the mission and payloads, stop by www.nasa.gov/spacex.