Watch SpaceX Launches CRS18 Mission to the Space Station

first_imgStay on target SpaceX is ready for its CRS-18 mission: A used Falcon 9 rocket will launch a previously flown Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 24 and you can watch all the action online.Tonight, at 6:24 p.m. EDT, the CRS-18 mission will take off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Space.com reported. Approximately 9 minutes after liftoff, the Dragon cargo spacecraft will split from the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage and it’s expected to attach to the ISS on Friday, July 26. You can livestream the CRS-18 mission launch on NASA’s webcast, which will start at 6 p.m. EDT or SpaceX’s webcast, which is expect to begin around 6:09 p.m. EDT.The CRS-18 mission is an important one for NASA and SpaceX: The flight is delivering almost 5,000 pounds of supplies to the ISS. Critical supplies and materials part of the payload will be used for more than 250 science and research investigations that will take place for Expedition 60 and others, according to a NASA press release.Here are just some of the experiments scheduled to head to the @Space_Station tomorrow aboard the @SpaceX #Dragon : https://t.co/PuViaozhU1 #NASASocial pic.twitter.com/kIstAp757H— ISS Research (@ISS_Research) July 23, 2019In addition to sending these critical supplies and materials, the Dragon cargo spacecraft’s unpressurized trunk is transporting the International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3), which will be installed at the ISS and provide the orbiting laboratory with two common ports that will expand opportunities for vehicle visits, including new spaceships designed to ferry humans for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.What’s the status of today’s 6:24pm ET @SpaceX launch to our orbiting laboratory? Tune in to NASA TV starting at 10am ET to get the latest update from the experts. Watch: https://t.co/mzKW5uV4hS Have questions? Use #askNASA pic.twitter.com/eTe9c4Rags— NASA (@NASA) July 24, 2019The Dragon cargo spacecraft is expected to dock at the ISS on Friday, and it will be welcomed by NASA astronauts Nick Hague, Christina Koch, and Andrew Morgan. With the ISS’ robotic arm, Hague will grab the Dragon cargo spacecraft, while Koch will provide backup assistance. Morgan will help monitor telemetry during the Dragon cargo spacecraft’s approach. Once the Dragon cargo spacecraft is captured, mission control in Houston will send ground commands for the ISS’ robotic arm to install it on the bottom of the ISS’ Harmony module.Forecasters with the @45thSpaceWing predict a 30% chance of favorable weather for tomorrow’s 6:24pm ET launch of @SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Get more details: https://t.co/m0lzYzTvTL. pic.twitter.com/RoJQcrDMUN— NASA (@NASA) July 24, 2019If the weather does not cooperate, a backup launch opportunity for the CRS-18 mission will open on Thursday, July 25, at 6:01 p.m. EDT. As of now, NASA predicts that the weather will cooperate for tonight’s massive launch.More on Geek.com:SpaceX’s Starhopper Survives Rigorous Static-Fire Test in TexasSpaceX: Leaky Valve Culprit in April Crew Dragon Explosion Watch: SpaceX Is Launching a Falcon Heavy Rocket Tonight ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas last_img read more