NASA to send supplies for science and research experiments to the ISS with the SpaceX Dragon

The International Space Station (ISS) supports hundreds of scientific investigations with experiments that cannot be conducted on Earth. A number of unmanned resupply craft to the ISS support these experiments. The Dragon resupply craft on board the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, is slotted to shuttle over 2720 kg of supplies to the ISS. The resupply mission will support over 250 scientific and research missions.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule. AP

The SpaceX Dragon capsule. AP

The flight will be the twelfth commercial resupply mission to the ISS, and is scheduled for launch on 13 August. The launch is scheduled to take place from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will be the ninth ISS resupply flight for SpaceX from the launchpad, and the same site was used for all the previous launches, which took place in 2017 itself. The same launchpad was used for eleven of the Apollo missions to the Moon.

If everything goes according to plan, the Dragon will deploy its solar panels after reaching its prelimnary orbit about ten seconds into the flight. From there, a series of maneuvers will allow the spacecraft to approach the ISS. The space station's robotic arm will then be used to grapple the Dragon, and dock it in the Harmony module of the ISS. After remaining attached to the station for a month, the Dragon will return to the Earth with the results of previous experiments.

Published Date: Aug 06, 2017 04:43 pm | Updated Date: Aug 06, 2017 04:43 pm