We have liftoff! At 3:14 a.m. EDT, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket powered off the launch pad from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida, carrying the Dragon spacecraft on the company’s 23rd commercial resupply services mission.
Slated to arrive at the International Space Station on Monday, Aug. 30, at approximately 11 a.m., Dragon will deliver more than 4,800 pounds of science and research experiments, crew supplies, and vehicle hardware to the International Space Station. Coming up in about a minute, the rocket will pass through Max Q – the moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket. Then, the Falcon 9’s first and second stage will separate.