SpaceX Dragon Resupply Flight Scheduled for April 8

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)
SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft is targeted for launch at 4:43 p.m. EDT Friday, April 8.

The Dragon capsule will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, carrying science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 47 and 48 crews.

The flight also includes the Bigelow Aerospace expandable habitat module that will be attached to the space station for testing.

In its scheduled return to Earth in May, the Dragon capsule will bring back biological samples from astronauts, including those collected during NASA’s one-year mission.

This launch is the eighth contracted mission by SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.

For launch countdown coverage, NASA’s launch blog, and more information about commercial cargo resupply missions, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialresupply