In just a few minutes, the company’s Dragon spacecraft – carrying several important NASA investigations – will blast off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A. The instantaneous launch window opens at 3:14 a.m. EDT.
The destination is the International Space Station, where it will dock for approximately one month. Dragon’s planned arrival is Monday, Aug. 30, at about 11 a.m., followed by docking about 90 minutes later. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will monitor operations while the spacecraft autonomously docks to the orbiting laboratory’s Harmony module.