[crossposted at the Space Trade Association]
SpaceX will begin its seventh Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, with the cargo craft lifting off from Cape Canaveral’s SLC-40 atop a Falcon 9 rocket to begin the CRS-6 mission. Bound for a five-week visit to the ISS, Dragon will depart the Cape at 16:33 local time (20:33 UTC).
The sixth of fifteen Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) flights SpaceX has been contracted to perform on behalf of NASA, Monday’s launch will carry hardware, supplies and scientific equipment to the space station’s crew.
Fifteen small satellites have also been loaded aboard the Dragon, for deployment from the ISS’ Kibo laboratory module.
Unfortunately, weather prevented the launch today but there is real hope that tomorrow will be the date. 4:10 EDT.
Because not only is SpaceX trying to reland the first stage, an historic accomplishment.
But one of the small satellites on board is the Arkyd-3R from Planetary Resources, its first launched test bed that could signal the beginning of the era of asteroid mining.