SpaceX’s ambitious mission of sending consignments to the International Space Station (ISS) is going to be accomplished on Sunday, as the America-based commercial venture is gearing up to send its CRS-10 Dragon cargo ship to the space on 15th February 2017. Elon Musk’s forward-looking space company is all set to get done with its most-awaited SpaceX RS-10, also called SpX-10 mission today, from NASA’s historic Launch Pad 39A. After take-off of the final space shuttle, this will be the comeback mission for NASA’s Florida-based LC-39A launch-pad.
SpX-10 is a cargo resupply operation of SpaceX, which is aimed at delivering stuff, food, and other supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The mission was a joint venture between NASA and SpaceX. Since 2014, both SpaceX and NASA are busy in modifying the momentous Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39, where the America-based space firm will conduct multiple space missions including SpaceX Falcon 9, Dragon 2 and Falcon Heavy.
SpaceX’s CRS-10 is one of the twelve space operations contracted to SpaceX under the Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) treaty. While earlier the spacecraft was scheduled to take off in November 2016, pending investigation and inspection of the launch-pad delayed the mission to February 2017.
On 18th February, the CRS-10 will take off from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A launch pad, which will be the first launch from NASA’s historic launch pad since the lift-off of STS-135 – the final flight of the Space Shuttle program, on July 8, 2011. In order to avoid any sort of glitches, SpaceX has already conducted a static fire examination of the Falcon 9 engines on Pad 39A.
As highlighted by NASA in its contract documents for the CRS-10 mission, the Dragon space capsule is expected to lift off to skies carrying 2,029 kg (4,473 lb) of hassled consignments and 977 kg (2,154 lb) unpressurized payload. The flight will also carry the external payloads of SAGE III, SAGE-NVP and STP-H5, alongside some science payloads like ACME, LMM Biophysics, ZBOT, CIR/Cool Flames.