SpaceX’s cargo mission launches sucessfully, carries ‘4,800 pounds of science’ to ISS – Orlando Sentinel

Although bad weather delayed SpaceX’s first rocket launch in nearly two months, the company successfully launched its cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from Kennedy Space Center on Sunday.
A Falcon 9 launched Dragon, SpaceX’s 23rd commercial resupply services carrying more than 4,800 pounds of science experiments, cow supplies and spacecraft hardware, according to a NASA news release.
The mission, originally scheduled to launch Saturday morning but postponed due to unfavorable weather, launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s KSC at 3:14 a.m. EDT.
The 45th Space Wing gave the launch an 80% chance of good weather, citing the presence of hurricane Ida headed into the Gulf of Mexico that could bring mid-and upper-level moisture into the area with the potential for a cloud deck that would violate launch constraints.
This marks the 21st flight for SpaceX this year, but the first since June 30. Boeing had planned on the launch of its Starliner at the end of July from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, but hardware issues shut that attempt down.
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The resupply mission is the 23rd for SpaceX, with this cargo Dragon carrying several science experiments and technology to be tested in low-Earth orbit. They include studies on bone density loss, materials that could block radiation and an investigation on stress on plants in space.
A vision scanner is being sent up that will test astronauts’ retinas for a known disease, Space-Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome.
Also headed up is a robotic arm that will be tested out in the station’s new commercial Bishop Airlock, developed by the company Nanoracks and delivered to the station in 2020. The robot arm’s potential use not only includes assistance on long-term space missions in zero gravity, but also for use in harsh environments on Earth such as disaster relief or in nuclear facilities.
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Some Orlando-area Girl Scouts also have science launching on the flight.
The Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, working on a STEM collaboration called “Making Space for Girls” with the Faraday Research Facility, is sending up control experiments that include plant growth, ant colonization and brine shrimp life cycle. Images of the experiments will be sent back to the Girl Scouts while on orbit, and they will return to Earth on a future mission from the ISS.
The crew Dragon on this flight is the same used on the CRS-21 flight in December 2020. It was slated to separate from the second stage about 12 minutes after liftoff for a docking with the ISS more than a day later, targeting 11 a.m. EDT on Monday.
The first stage booster for this mission was previously used on both SpaceX’s Crew-1 and Crew-2 missions as well as a satellite launch. The company landed it on the drone ship “A Shortfall of Gravitas” in the Atlantic Ocean.


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