SpaceX will try to send a cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on Friday morning, with an immediate launch window opening at 10:36 am EDT. There are some clouds at the launch site, but general weather conditions seem favorable to lift today.
Perhaps the biggest question is whether technical problems with launch have been resolved. SpaceX was targeted Tuesday for further testing of ground systems before it was launched. The company was delayed until Friday because it discovered “molecules” in the fuel system of the second stage of the missile. As a result, it had to conduct “complete inspections and cleaning”.
The rocket went to Amoudi at the Space-40 launch complex early on Friday, raising confidence that the flight would take place today. The Dragon will carry over 4,700 pounds of crew and payloads, as well as more than 250 scientific and research payloads. After about eight minutes of launch, the first phase of Falcon 9 will attempt to land in the landing area of Space X.
Friday’s mission is notable for several reasons. Already this year Spacx has re-flowed three of the Falcon 9 rockets and re-used the Dragon Spacecraft’s mission to supply the station. This task will combine the two, marking the first time Spacx has used a booster “Flight Proven” to launch NASA and along with the used spacecraft Dragon. The booster flew for the first time in July, and the spacecraft first flew to the station in 2015.
The launch attempt is also a return to the launch pad that was damaged when the Falcon 9 and its spacecraft went off in September 2016. Since then, the company says it has repaired the damage and has made significant improvements to the space launch complex 40. The webcast below should begin approximately 15 minutes Before opening the launch window