SpaceX Set to Launch from Historic NASA Launch Pad

Raven Technology to the Space Station on Space X
Raven, a technology demonstration headed to the International Space Station on the next SpaceX cargo launch, scheduled for mid-February, will provide a real-time relative navigation system for future autonomous rendezvous missions. Credits: NASA

 

SpaceX is set to launch a rocket from the historic Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. If everything goes according to plan, the rocket will lift off on Feb, 18 and it will be the company’s 10th resupply mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX has been modifying the pad for some time already in order to suitable for their Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy Rockets.

This resupply mission will be delivering many crucial supplies for the astronauts onboard the station, along with numerous materials to support a wide variety of experiment due to be carried out on the orbiting lab.

This will also be the first rocket launched from the renovated Complex 39A launch pad. Originally built in 1968, Complex 39A has seen a number of famous launches, including the launch of Apollo 11 which successfully put humans on the moon for the first time. Other famous launches include both the first and the last shuttle flights.

A good article at: http://www.space.com/35636-spacex-first-nasa-launchpad-flight-february-18.html

and  even more info available at https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-highlights-science-launching-on-next-spacex-cargo-mission

Main Photo Credits: NASA

 

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