To the ISS will launch the cargo spacecraft SpaceX
Moscow. 5 Dec. INTERFAX.RU — the booster Falcon 9 of the us company SpaceX on Wednesday after the daily delay start will have to send cargo spacecraft “dragon” (Dragon) with 2.5 tons of cargo to the International space station (ISS), according to the National management of the USA on Aeronautics and space research (NASA).
According to NASA, the cause of delay of the launch is a mold found on food bars designed for experiments with rodents in orbit.
The launch is scheduled at 13:16 on Wednesday us Eastern time (21:16 MSK).
It is reported that on the background of weather conditions in the area of the spaceport a chance at a successful launch is 90 percent.
Start is planned from the 40th launch complex at the NASA spaceport at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
It will be the 16th mission of a spacecraft Dragon to the ISS under a commercial contract with NASA company SpaceX supply station.
On November 18, ISS docked Russian cargo transport vehicle “Progress MS-10”, and a day later American “truck” “signus” (Cygnus), the company “Northrop Grumman”. The launch of the “Cygnus”, which was first docked to ISS in November, has been postponed twice because of bad weather in the area of the wallops flight facility in Virginia.
As reported, on Monday, the first after the accident of 11 October, the Russian manned Soyuz spacecraft successfully launched from the cosmodrome at Baikonur and docked with the ISS.