SpaceX International Space Station Pre Launch Science Tech Briefing From NASA's Kennedy Space Center
NASA and commercial partner SpaceX discuss the seventh cargo delivery to the International Space Station under the agency’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. The Falcon 9 rocket being prepared for a June 28 launch will carry its Dragon cargo spacecraft to the station from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Dragon spacecraft is filled with more than 4,000 pounds of supplies and payloads, including critical materials for the science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 44 and 45. The science payloads on board offer new insight into combustion in microgravity, perform the first space-based observations of meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere, continue solving potential crew health risks and make new strides toward being able to grow food in space. Also to be discussed is a mission to launch more than 30 student experiments, all of which are flying under the U.S. National Laboratory managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). After more than five weeks at the space station, the spacecraft will return with more than 1,400 pounds of cargo, including science experiments, crew supplies, hardware and computer resources, space station hardware, and trash.