America-based space major SpaceX is gearing up for its noble attempt to launch a resupply mission to ISS in the mid of this month. As per the official announcement, the Elon Musk’s owned SpaceX eyes on 18th February 2017 for making its 10th Cargo Resupply Mission headways to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX will conduct the mission for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
SpaceX’s official took to Twitter to publicize the launch report of its 10th Cargo Resupply Mission. The company tweeted on Wednesday, “Targeting February 18 for Dragon’s next resupply mission to the @Space_Station? Our 1st launch from LC-39A at @NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.” The announcement of this ambitious mission comes on the heels of SpaceX’s triumphant return to flight in January. Back in January, the company launched its first space flight, after the September launch-pad explosion. The company’s homegrown Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a payload of 10 satellites made its headway to earth’s lower orbit in favor of communications company Iridium.
Named as “Dragon”, the resupply spaceship of SpaceX is scheduled to forge ahead atop the company owned Falcon 9 rocket on 18th February 2017. The take off will be held from NASA’s Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. It is the 10th cargo resupply mission of the Hawthorne-headquartered company but the first task to be conducted from NASA’s Launch Pad 39A. The resupply spaceship of SpaceX will be the first vessel to take wings from the newly modernizes, momentous Launch Complex 39A, located at NASA’s Florida-based Kennedy Space Center.
For the mission, US-based SpaceX also has renovated the launch pad to go well with its powerful Falcon 9 and upcoming launch missions of Falcon Heavy rockets. For the 18th Feb launch, SpaceX has planned to send its 10th cargo resupply vessel, called Dragon spacecraft from a Falcon 9. The spaceship will be packed with more than 5,500 lbs. (2,500 kg) Of cargo, said an official of NASA during a news briefing on Thursday. After releasing the materials and cargos on the space station, the Dragon will come back to earth with nearly 5,000 lbs. (2,300 kg) of the load.
The mission is intended for delivering many crucial supplies to the onboard crews of the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket will also ship multiple tools and materials to back up over a dozen of experiments, scheduled to take place on the orbiting lab, including the operation of a new muscle cell – planned by high school students.