SpaceX’s Dragon to Carry NASA Science, and the Soyuz Crew Launch Update

NASA’s 30th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station, SpaceX, is scheduled to carry out new research and technological demonstrations. Thursday at 4:55 p.m. EDT is when the launch is scheduled to occur, from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. There is a 90% chance of good weather at the launch pad for liftoff, according to the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron.

More than 6,000 pounds of supplies, equipment, and fresh scientific research will be delivered by SpaceX’s Dragon spaceship to the multinational crew of the orbiting laboratory. In order to enable 3D mapping, NASA and its partners will send research on plant metabolism in space together with a new set of sensors for the Astrobee robots, which are free-flying. A fluid physics study that may advance solar cell technology and an academic initiative funded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) that will track sea ice and ocean conditions are examples of additional research.

Due to low voltage reading in the Soyuz rocket electrical system, ground support equipment automatically scrubbed the crewed Soyuz-25 spacecraft launch on March 21 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying NASA astronaut Tracy C. Dyson, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, and Belarusian spaceflight participant Marina Vasilevskaya. The next launch window, subject to the State Commission’s approval of the Roscosmos launch, is on Saturday, March 23.

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