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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Science |

SpaceX rocket launch to the International Space Station is scheduled for May 19

(Cc) Robert Goodwin

 

A few days ago we talked about the indefinite delay of the mission space SpaceX, which aims to send a rocket to the International Space Station (ISS). Now confirmed the release of the ship for the May 19, at 4:55 PM (local time) in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The rocket launch will be broadcast on NASA from 3:30 am, allowing fans to follow all space preparations before takeoff.

Further informed that in case of any problems arising to weather conditions or other complications, the launch would be rescheduled for May 22.

Before the Dragon capsule docks with the ISS, it will conduct a series of tests. However, the coupling can be aborted at any time during the mission if the capsule does not pass the tests.

The objective of the mission includes a flight for the space station at a distance of 1.5 kilometers to enable testing of sensors and flight. The capsule also display a previous failed attempt before attempting to dock with the station. If all goes well, this mission will mark a milestone in space history.

Recall that the Dragon capsule is also designed to carry humans, and the company expects a successful mission would allow entry to load a manned mission in the future.

This is the first flight engaged in a private company to the International Space Station (ISS) and will be useful both for NASA and for SpaceX to get information for future missions, both in security and logistics.

Link: SpaceX to launch ISS mission may 19 (Slashgear)

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