SpaceX is set to launch its 27th Commercial Resupply Service Mission to the International Space Station. The Cargo Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule is expected to arrive at the ISS on March 16th.
The mission, known as CRS-27, will carry a variety of supplies, hardware, and scientific experiments for the ISS crew. These include a student-built project that could make filming in space easier, and a Japanese investigation called Tanpopo-5 that will “study the origin, transportation and survival of life in space and on extraterrestrial planets.”
Furthermore, the Dragon will carry the final two experiments from the National Institutes for Health and International Space Station National Laboratory’s Tissue Chips in Space initiative, which aims to develop treatments for cardiac dysfunction.
Dragon is one of three robotic cargo ships servicing the ISS, alongside Russia’s Progress vehicle and Cygnus, which is built by Northrop Grumman. However, Dragon is the only capsule designed to survive reentry, haul scientific experiments and other gear back down to Earth, and fly again. CRS-27’s capsule is expected to spend about a month at the ISS before heading home.
CRS-27 will take place just two weeks after SpaceX’s latest astronaut launch to the ISS, the Crew-6 mission. SpaceX flies these astronaut missions under a different NASA contract, using Crew Dragon capsules, a different variant from the vehicle that makes the robotic resupply flights.
The mission is expected to be another successful milestone for Elon Musk’s company, as it continues its rapid expansion in space exploration and commercial services.
The launch will be LiveStreamed at SpaceCoastLaunchCalendar.com
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