Washington, June 23: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) commercial cargo provider SpaceX is set to launch its 15th re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on June 29, the US space agency said. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, packed with more than 5,900 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware, will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Also Read - Indian-American Professor Goes Missing on Mount Rainier Hike, Family Puts up Social Media Posts Asking For Help
Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit in about 10 minutes after launch and then would deploy its solar arrays and begin a carefully choreographed series of thruster firings to reach the space station. It is expected to reach ISS on July 2, the report said. Also Read - Gay Couple Who Wed in The US Approaches Delhi HC, Seeks Recognition Of Marriage Under Foreign Marriage Act
The Dragon will deliver supplies, equipment and the science investigations including an investigation on cellular biology in microgravity; ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) — an Earth science instrument studying plants and water availability; and a physical sciences study on soil and sediment to enable US National Laboratory research. Also Read - 'We Are Not at Risk': Elon Musk Says He and His Family Won't Get Coronavirus Vaccine
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, backed up by fellow NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, will supervise the operation of the Canadarm2 robotic arm for Dragon’s capture while NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor monitors the spacecraft’s systems. After Dragon capture, ground commands will be sent from mission control in Houston for the station’s arm to rotate and install it on the bottom of the station’s Harmony module, the report noted.
(This is published unedited from IANS)