Yesterday, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was test-fired at Cape Canaveral. Its nine Merlin engines had been igniting for several seconds while the launcher was kept on the ground by hold-down restraints. According to the company, the take-off of the rocket has been confirmed for Wednesday with a delay of three days.
SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch on a space station resupply mission. The take-off will take place at 6:24 p.m. EDT (22:24 GMT) the exact moment when the International Space Station’s orbital plane will be on top of Cape Canaveral due to the Earth’s rotation.
In December 2017 and April 2015, a Dragon Cargo capsule has previously flown with the same purpose, and now, will ride again into orbit, this time on top of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher. If everything works like it was planned, several tons of food, experiments, and cargo will arrive at the space station early Friday.
This is the third mission of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that carries the Dragon Cargo
The Dragon capsule has never been flowed three times by SpaceX. The Vice President of build and flight reliability, Hans Koenigsmann, says that the Dragon spacecraft that was first developed and will retire next year can have three missions into space.
The space station will be resupplied for the 18th time next week thanks to a cargo transportation contract it signed with NASA that values $3.04 billion. Twenty resupply missions are included in the agreement that was first approved in 2008, but more, different multibillion-dollar contracts between SpaceX and NASA to keep the supply deliveries going.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher will be returned to its hangar at pad 40, so the Dragon Cargo craft can be attached over the weekend. It should be ready for launch on Wednesday.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.