SpaceX will soon attempt Resupply Launch to ISS
If weather permits this Tuesday, SpaceX will mark its fifth resupply launch to the International Space Station (ISS). The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is all set to lift off from the launch pad to deliver a cargo capsule to the ISS.
There are 60% chances of favorable weather on Tuesday to let the launch go through, however if the launch does not take place on Tuesday, next attempt would be made on Friday.
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, has been contracted to carry supplies to the ISS under a $1.6 billion contract with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The company has previously delivered supplies to the ISS for four times. This time, the resupply mission will bring more than two and a half tons of science experiments, supplies and food for the ISS.
SpaceX was initially set for the launch in December 2014, but postponement took place after a test-firing of the Falcon 9 booster's nine Merlin 1D engines failed to perform as intended. Besides, heating problems were created by the sun's angle relative to the space station.
The launch on Tuesday is important, given a catastrophic failure in October was suffered by the Orbital Sciences Corporation, the other company NASA has contracted for resupply missions to the ISS. Its Antares rocket blasted seconds after liftoff.
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