UPDATE: SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center after deploying a satellite headed for the International Space Station.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule to the International Space Station is scheduled to liftoff at 12:31 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, August 14, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Last Use Of A New Dragon Capsule For CRS Missions
For the last time ever, SpaceX will launch a new Dragon capsule to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.
All remaining SpaceX CRS mission launches will be reused Dragon capsules.
Attempted Ground Landing, Sonic Boom
After first stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Landing Zone 1.
Residents in the communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Mims, Port Canaveral, Port St. John, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, and Titusville, Florida, are most likely to hear a sonic boom, although what Brevard County residents experience will depend on weather conditions and other factors.
Weather 70% ‘GO’ for Launch
According to the latest forecast by the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is a 70% chance of acceptable weather conditions for Saturday’s launch. The primary weather concerns are cumulus clouds and flight through precipitation.
The Dragon capsule will carry nearly 6,000 pounds of scientific experiments, food and other supplies to the crew aboard the to the International Space Station, including a veggie plant growth experiment.
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