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

  • ReSpaceAge

    Will Dragons return to flight be as much fun as was their return to flight, Dec. 21st??

    Will the near future have a booster gloriously being towed into Port Canaveral??

    Will loading fuel be a problem again??

    Funny that SpaceX goal is boring routine affordable access to Space.

    Can’t wait!

    🙂

  • Vladislaw

    I would like to see Bigelow’s test article finally launched.

  • ReSpaceAge

    I follow young Miss Bigelow on twitter.
    Check out Blair Bigelow (@BlairBigelow): https://twitter.com/BlairBigelow?s=09

    Mr. Bigelow getting pretty old waiting on mighty Boeing and their puppets to fulfill our space dreams.
    Wonder if she will soon be
    in charge?

    They You heard anything lately of Bigelows prospects?

  • Bulldog

    I share Vladislaw’s enthusiasm for the launch of the Bigelow hab on this flight. It will be interesting to see how it performs and very cool to see the images of it berthed to the ISS.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    They do have a lot of work to do. And the burden lies entirely on them. But I take them pretty seriously. Failure is not an option, it comes standard. Space is a hard game.

  • BeanCounterFromDownUnder

    If you’re referring to Bigelow then no the burden does not lie entirely with them. They have been waiting for commercial crew to get sorted. So we may see further developements concerning a private space station next year.
    Incidentally, NASA has stated that they will never build another space station as they expect commercial to provide it. Their focus going forwards is BEO.
    Cheers

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Sorry, I meant Space X. They have a lot to show when it comes to cheap and reliable access to space. … But your points are very good none the less.

  • windbourne

    interesting.
    I hope that Mr will get alpha and lunar base going before he checks out. He is an entrepunear, while she is an MBA. And one thing about start-ups, few of them succeed when an MBA is in control.
    That is why musk said that when he had some 1,000 employees (amongst the 2 or 3 companies) he had less than 6 MBAs.

  • BeanCounterFromDownUnder

    Yes agreed wrt SpaceX. Still they are making what appears to be progress toward their goals and have/ are certainly giving the space launch tree a good shake. In addition, I expect to see BO becoming more publicly active going forwards. Another good thing IMO.
    Cheers