Beginning at 11 a.m. EDT today, June 2, tune in to NASA TV or the agency’s website for the What’s on Board science briefing, highlighting some of the payloads flying on SpaceX’s 22nd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Following this, at 1:30 p.m., there will be a prelaunch news conference from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Participants include:
Joel Montalbano, program manager, International Space Station Program Office
Jennifer Buchli, deputy chief scientist, International Space Station Program Office
Sarah Walker, director, Dragon Mission Management at SpaceX
Mark Burger, launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are scheduled to lift off from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A tomorrow, June 3, at 1:29 p.m. EDT. Weather officials with Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s 45th Weather Squadron are predicting a 60% chance of favorable weather conditions for launch, with the primary weather concerns revolving around the cumulus cloud rule and flight through precipitation.
This is the second SpaceX mission to deliver science investigations, supplies, and equipment for NASA under the agency’s second Commercial Resupply Services contract, and it will be the first flight of this particular Dragon spacecraft. Dragon’s pressurized capsule will carry a variety of research, including critical materials that will support dozens of the more than 250 experiments that will occur during Expeditions 65 and 66.
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that will fly on the company’s 22nd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station is now ready for its journey to space. On Thursday, May 27, teams transported the spacecraft from SpaceX’s processing facility at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station into the hangar at nearby Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, where it was attached to the Falcon 9 rocket.
Today, June 1, the rocket – with Dragon atop – was rolled out to the launch pad, where it will be raised to a vertical position in preparation for launch. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 is scheduled for 1:29 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 3. Packed with supplies and payloads bound for the orbiting laboratory, Dragon will deliver critical materials that will directly support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 65 and 66.
Tune in to NASA TV or the agency’s website for live coverage of prelaunch activities, beginning tomorrow at 11 a.m.
With new solar arrays headed to the International Space Station on NASA SpaceX’s 22nd commercial resupply mission, we asked our virtual guest registrants what they wish could be powered by solar energy. We received over 3,400 responses! A whopping 13 percent of our virtual guests supported solar power for “everything” or “anything.” Among the ideas were many suggestions for how solar could be used on the space station – we’re pleased to share that the orbiting laboratory has been using solar power since 2000.
Besides the space station itself, getting around with solar energy was top of mind for guests. Transportation was the most mentioned category, with 25% of responses mentioning cars and nearly 100 people mentioning planes. Ships, trains, bikes, and rockets were also suggested.
Human beings were a surprising response – nearly 40 people volunteered that they, or their brain, would benefit from solar power. Apparently the coffee and espresso just aren’t cutting it. One brave soul suggested that his wife be converted to solar power as she currently “costs a fortune in chocolate!”.
Our younger virtual guests submitted great responses. They suggested solar powered disco balls, robots to help the astronauts, and ice cream makers. One multi-tasking 11-year-old wished for solar video game controllers so she could sit outside and play.
Finally, some of our favorite answers were appeals to humanity’s better nature. What if solar could feed our hopes for a better future? Or power empathy as well as kindness and peace? Would be amazing! As we look forward to the experiments the new solar arrays will power on the space station, and to launch itself, we hope the sun’s powering something great in your day.
The first two of six new solar arrays for the International Space Station have been loaded into Dragon’s unpressurized spacecraft trunk. SpaceX will deliver them to the orbiting laboratory during its next cargo resupply mission, targeted for June 3 at 1:29pm. The arrays will provide additional electrical power for the numerous research and science investigations conducted every day, as well as the continued operations of the station. Spacewalking astronauts will install the two new arrays in two spacewalks that will take place in June.
NASA’s virtual passport program started in 2020 as a way for the public to commemorate its virtual engagement in NASA launches and milestones with the NASA Virtual Guest Program.
The stamp for the NASA SpaceX 22nd commercial resupply mission will be the eighth stamp offered through the program and the fourth stamp for a launch from Kennedy Space Center.
The Falcon-9 rocket with Cargo Dragon spacecraft will lift off from Kennedy’s Launch Complex 39A on June 3, carrying supplies and science payloads to the International Space Station.
Anyone can receive a stamp by registering to let NASA know they’re participating virtually. Those who register will receive emails with curated launch resources, notifications about NASA activities, and updates on any launch time or date changes.
Whether it’s your first stamp or your eighth, NASA hopes you’ll print, fold, and get ready to fill your virtual passport. Stamps will be emailed following docking to all virtual attendees who registered by email.
NASA and SpaceX are targeting 1:29 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 3, for the company’s 22nd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, topped by the uncrewed Cargo Dragon spacecraft, is scheduled to lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
This will be the second SpaceX mission to deliver science investigations, supplies, and equipment for NASA under the agency’s second Commercial Resupply Services contract. To date, SpaceX has completed 21 cargo resupply missions to and from the space station, providing more than 100,000 pounds of supplies and approximately 80,000 pounds of return mass.
Tune in to NASA TV and the agency’s website for live coverage, beginning Wednesday, June 2, with prelaunch activities.