In an incredible start, NASA will launch a used rocket built by SpaceX for its refueling mission on December 8 to the ISS.
NASA plans to use a Falcon SpaceX previously flown 9 rockets for the first time. The agency will use the rocket for a launch on December 8 that will send supplies to the International Space Station from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
It will be the fourth time that one of the SpaceX rocket boosters has been reused after being successfully landed in the ambitious endeavor of founder Elon Musk. Musk hopes that making reusable rockets will greatly reduce the price of launches and usher in a new space age.
The rocket will not be completely the same as its first launch, as it will have some components removed and some new components. added, but it will be basically the same. NASA believes that this rocket will be as reliable as new reinforcement, and therefore relies on the success of the launch.
NASA describes the launch of the rocket as follows.
NASA's commercial cargo carrier SpaceX aims for its 13 mission of commercial replenishment services to the International Space Station not earlier than 1:20 p.m. m. EST Friday, December 8.
Mission coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency's website on Thursday, December 7 with two informational reports.
With almost 4,800 pounds of research, supplies for the crew and hardware, SpaceX The Dragon spacecraft will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
NASA TV mission coverage is as follows:
Thursday, December 7
11 a. M .: pre-launch news conference with representatives of the NASA International Space Station Program, SpaceX, and the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base
3:30 p.m. – Scientific information "What is on board" highlighting the research tests: fiber optic filaments, how plants respond to microgravity, the precision of a biosensor used to control diabetes, a drug delivery system to combat muscle atrophy and instruments to measure solar energy Earth and orbital debris.
Friday, December 8
12:45 p. M. – Launch comment coverage begins
3 p.m. – Post-launch press conference with representatives of the NASA International Space Station Program and SpaceX
Sunday, December 10
4:30 a.m. – Dragon meeting in the space station and capture
7:30 a.m. – Installation Coverage
Approximately 10 minutes after the launch on December 8, Dragon will reach its preliminary orbit and deploy its solar panels. A carefully choreographed series of propeller shots is programmed to take the spacecraft to meet the space station. NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will capture Dragon using the robotic arm of the space station. The ground controllers will send commands to install the spacecraft in the Harmony module of the station.
The Dragon spacecraft will spend approximately one month connected to the space station, returning to Earth on January 6, with the results of previous experiments.
This is how SpaceX describes the Falcon 9 rocket.
Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft in orbit. Falcon 9 is the first orbital clbad rocket capable of reflecting. SpaceX believes that the reuse of rockets is the key advance necessary to reduce the cost of access to space and allow people to live on other planets.
Falcon 9 was designed from scratch for maximum reliability. The simple two-stage configuration of Falcon 9 minimizes the number of separation events, and with nine first-stage engines, it can safely complete its mission even in the event of engine shutdown.
Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon into the correct orbit to meet with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company to visit the station. Since then, Falcon 9 has made numerous trips into space, delivering satellites to orbit and delivering and returning cargo from the space station to NASA. Falcon 9, along with the Dragon spacecraft, was designed from the start to bring humans into space and under an agreement with NASA, SpaceX is actively working toward this goal.
The second stage, driven by a single Merlin vacuum motor, delivers the Falcon 9 load to the desired orbit. The motor of the second stage is turned on a few seconds after the separation of stages, and can be restarted several times to place multiple loads in different orbits. For maximum reliability, the second stage has redundant ignition systems. Like the first stage, the second stage is made of a high strength aluminum and lithium alloy.