Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SpaceX To Launch Reused Dragon Capsule, Land Falcon 9 At Kennedy Space Center


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule to the International Space Station is scheduled to liftoff at 5:52 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, June 1, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


First Reuse Of A Dragon Capsule

For the first time ever, SpaceX will launch a reused Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The capsule was previously launched in September 2014 for the CRS-4 mission.

Attempted Ground Landing, Sonic Boom

After first stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Landing Zone 1.

Residents of the communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Mims, Port Canaveral, Port St. John, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, and Titusville, Florida, are most likely to hear a sonic boom, although what Brevard County residents experience will depend on weather conditions and other factors.

CRS-11 Payload

The Dragon capsule will carry food and supplies to the crew aboard the to the International Space Station, as well as the following scientific equipment: Neuron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) instrument, Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA), and Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES).

Photo credit: SpaceX