CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – Following a successful static test fire on its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX is targeting the next cargo mission to the International Space Station in early May.
27. April 2019
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla .– After a successful static test fire on the Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX has the beginning of May for its next International Space Station cargo mission.
The F9's nine Merlin 1D engines were tested on Saturday, April 27, 2019, around 10:00 am (EDT) (2:00 pm GMT). On the launch pad, all nine Merlin 1D first-stage engines went on for several seconds detonated before being shut down as planned.
SpaceX confirmed about 25 minutes later that the test had taken place and the company plans to start its mission at 3:59 pm EDT (7:59 GMT) May 1. If everything goes as planned, this will be the Company's 17th commercial resupply mission for the ISS, which is under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (NASA) contract -17 & # 39 ;. The CRS-17 Dragon has more than 2,500 kilograms of crew material, hardware and experiments on board.
Once the vehicle is in orbit, it takes about two days to reach the orbita lab before being captured by Canadarm2 on the outpost. Ground crews are expected to maneuver the arm remotely to secure the spacecraft to the port of the Harmony module. It is expected to stay at the station for most of a month.
It is sometimes claimed that the Cargo Dragon "docks" at the station. In fact, given how the vehicle is grown at the 21-year-old outpost, it is actually "moored."
The successful test fire comes about a week after the "Anomaly" of April 20 during the static fire test of the SuperDraco engines on the Crew Dragon capsule deployed in March for the Crew Demo 1 mission.
While Crew Demo-1 was a resounding success, SpaceX planned to reuse the capsule for this flight for a departure test sometime in the summer. Preparations for the crash test during the SpaceX flight went through various ground tests in Landing Zone 1 in the Landing Zone 1 of Canaveral.
With Crew's Dragon Investigations still ongoing, SpaceX decided to recover the first stage of Falcon 9 for the CRS-17 mission. Instead of landing on the ground of the LZ-1, SpaceX has decided to use its autonomous spaceship drone ship (ASDS) Of Course I Still Love You. The company will position the drone ship approximately 17 miles east of Cape Canaveral.
Once the CRS 17 mission is launched, it should mark the fifth SpaceX launch in 2019 and the 70th Falcon 9 mission since then in 2010 (excluding the two triple core Falcon Heavy flights in 2018 and 2019). ,
NASA is not SpaceX's only customer. The 2019 Launch Manifest, based in Hawthorne, California, has at least seven more missions on its manifestation. All but one of them will rise from the Florida coastline (the C1, C2 and C3 Radarsat mission is expected to launch in May). Space Launch Complex 4 of Vandenberg Air Force Base on 16 May.
Derek Richardson holds a degree in mass media with a focus on contemporary journalism from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. In Washburn, he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper Washburn Review. He also has a blog about the Orbital Velocity international space station. He met with members of the Space Flight Insider team during the flight of a United States Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS 4 satellite. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter.
His passion for space ignited when he saw Space Shuttle Discovery on October 29, 1998 in space. Today, this zeal has accelerated towards orbit and shows no sign of slowing down. After trying his hand at mathematics and engineering courses at the university, he quickly realized that his true vocation was to educate others about space. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has worked to improve the quality of our content and eventually became our editor-in-chief. @TheSpaceWriter