Good afternoon from Florida! Launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is on track for 4:33:16 p.m. EDT today and the weather outlook remains 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time.
The rocket stands pointed to space out at the launch pad and we are following the countdown for the launch of the sixth commercial resupply mission by SpaceX to the International Space Station. The company’s Dragon spacecraft is loaded with some 4,300 pounds of experiments, equipment and supplies for the station crew.
We’ll detail the countdown milestones as they happen today and share some of the science being carried up to the station that makes this flight off the Earth a valuable experience for the Earth.
Good morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida where a research equipment-and-cargo-laden Dragon spacecraft is being readied to head off the Earth so International Space Station astronauts can conduct science for the Earth as well as the Journey to Mars. Launch time today is 4:33 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to Kennedy. The launch window is instantaneous for the Falcon 9 rocket that will loft the Dragon into space on course for the station. Both the rocket and spacecraft are products of SpaceX.
The weather remains the primary concern for today with the most recent report calling for a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time. Our continuous countdown coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with NASA TV’s commentary beginning at the same time. You can watch NASA TV here on the Launch Blog or log on at www.nasa.gov/ntv. Thanks for checking in!
U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron forecasters continue to predict a 60 percent of favorable conditions for the launch of SpaceX CRS-6 on Monday, April 13. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is targeted for exactly 4:33:15 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Launch coverage on NASA television will begin Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Today NASA will host a prelaunch briefing and two panel discussions to preview some of the 40 science and research investigations that will be directly supported by the critical cargo the sixth SpaceX commercial resupply services mission will deliver to the International Space Station. NASA Television will provide live coverage and streaming Internet coverage at https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv.
1:30-2:30 p.m. – ISS Research and Technology Panel
3:30-4:30 p.m. – ISS National Lab Panel
5-6 p.m. – Prelaunch News Conference
Meteorologists predict a 60 percent chance of acceptable conditions Monday for the launch of the CRS-6 mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon spacecraft carrying experiments, equipment and supplies to the International Space Station where astronauts will use the materials to continue their cutting edge research off the Earth, for the Earth.
Since we’re still a few days from launch, there’s enough time to get all the details about the mission with the CRS-6 Press Kit. Countdown milestones, the path the Dragon will take to the reach the station and the vital research projects being carried are but a few of the interesting facts available in the press kit. Liftoff is scheduled for 4:33 p.m. EDT Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Monday, April 13, is launch day for SpaceX’s sixth operational cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station and we will be here at Kennedy to cover all the countdown milestones through liftoff and ascent into orbit as they occur! Launch is slated for 4:33 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Our continuous countdown coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT here on the NASA Launch Blog and on NASA TV. We’ll also highlight details of the mission which is taking vital experiments, equipment and payloads for the crew of the station so they can continue their important research off the Earth, for the Earth. NASA TV will also show a series of prelaunch briefings live on Sunday detailing scientific aspects of the cargo being taken to the orbiting laboratory. Here’s a quick rundown of the schedule, but you can read a more detailed explanation of coverage and briefing plans here.
1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. EDT – Science and research panel discussions
5 p.m. – Prelaunch news conference
3:30 p.m. – NASA TV and Launch Blog countdown coverage begins
4:33 p.m. – Liftoff of SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon on CRS-6
Read details of the upcoming SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station in our SpaceX_CRS-6_Mission_Overview. Launch is scheduled for Monday, April 13 at 4:33:13 p.m. EDT with a grapple at the station at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15.