NASA announced the next SpaceX ISS mission.
SpaceX is scheduled for an April 8 launch of Dragon cargo spacecraft to the ISS. The Dragon capsule will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.
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The Dragon cargo spacecraft is packed with science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 47 and 48 crews. The flight also includes the Bigelow Aerospace expandable habitat module that will be attached to the space station for testing.
In its scheduled return to Earth in May, the SpaceX Dragon capsule will bring back biological samples from astronauts, including those collected during NASA’s one-year mission.
The last SpaceX Dragon Cargo mission failed when the Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after launch last summer. SpaceX has since successfully launched several missions with an improved Falcon 9 rocket. The April 8 SpaceX launch is the eighth contracted mission (CRS-8) by SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.
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At this point there are no details on what SpaceX is going to try with the Falcon 9 rocket once the Dragon is unloaded. SpaceX CRS-8 launch is at 4:43pm EDT on Friday, April 8. There will be live coverage on NASA TV.