Friday, June 2, 2017

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Date Of CRS-11 Rescheduled For Saturday


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule to the International Space Station has been rescheduled to liftoff at 5:07 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida following a scrubbed launch due to lightning on Thursday.


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).

Weather 70% 'GO' for Launch

According to the latest forecast by the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is a 70% chance of acceptable weather conditions for Saturday's launch. The primary weather concerns are anvil clouds, cumulus clouds, and flight through precipitation

Photo credit: SpaceX