The Space Exploration Technologies, popularly known as SpaceX, is set to launch its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on Tuesday to deliver food, supplies and experiments to the International Space Station (ISS).
SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket will be blasted off from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40, in Florida, at 6:20 am on Tuesday.
An unmanned Dragon capsule loaded with nearly 5,000 pounds of food, supplies and scientific items for experiments will be carried atop a Falcon 9 rocket, which seeks to successfully conclude the fifth resupply mission of SpaceX under a USD 1.6 billion contract with the American space agency.
The resupply mission was earlier scheduled for late December but was called off after a test-firing of the nine Merlin 1D engines of Falcon 9 booster failed to go exactly as planned. Moreover, the unfavorable conditions near the International Space Station due to the excessive heating caused by the sun’s angle relative to the ISS also forced the postponement of the space mission.
Now, SpaceX has planned the launch of the space mission on Tuesday as there would be no launch opportunity until Friday morning.
The astronomers are expecting a 60 percent chance of acceptable weather conditions during the instantaneous window at the Launch Complex 40 of the Kennedy Space Center.