Tesla's sister company SpaceX is planning to launch almost 5,500 pounds of science experiments, supplies and research equipment from NASA to the International Space Station on Saturday morning, February 18. The launch is officially clocked and scheduled for 7:01 A.M. Pacific time from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Exact Time Of Lift Off
According to The Lost Angeles Times, this will be the very first launch coming from Pad 39A since the last space shuttle mission way back in 2011. The historic launch pad played a key role in both the Apollo and space shuttle programs.
After the launch, SpaceX will also be attempting to land its first-stage rocket booster on land. Called the Dragon capsule, it will deploy from the second stage in just about 10 minutes after the initial launch and is expected to reach the space station two days later.
The Next Set Of Launches For SpaceX
This will be SpaceX's second launch of the year. Just Last month, SpaceX has also launched 10 satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California intended for satellite operator Iridium Communications Inc.
The company has then landed that first-stage rocket on a floating platform right in the Pacific Ocean. On January 14, SpaceX has also successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, marking the company's return-to-first stage after the September 1 explosion.
SpaceX Making Its Mark
According to Space Coast Daily, the EchoStar 23 satellite is highly capable and flexible, featuring Ku-band broadcast satellite services satellite with four main reflectors and multiple sub-reflectors. It is capable of providing services from eight different positions in orbit and has an expected service life of up to 15 years.
After the two events, SpaceX is expected to involve itself in two more upcoming launches before the end of the year. With these activities being made, SpaceX is truly making a mark towards establishing its presence in the Space market.