Thursday, February 28, 2013

SpaceX Dragon to Launch on Friday

The weather forecast is 90 percent favorable for the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft at 10:10 a.m. EST Friday from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The mission -- carrying more than 1,200 pounds of scientific experiments and cargo -- is the second of 12 SpaceX flights contracted by NASA to resupply the International Space Station.

SpaceX managers held a Launch Readiness Review Wednesday afternoon and gave a “go” to proceed toward launch of the second SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services mission.

Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. EST on Friday. Launch coverage will begin at 8:30 a.m. on NASA Television and and the NASA launch blog at

On Thursday, NASA TV will air an International Space Station Mission Science Briefing at 1 p.m. and a Mission Prelaunch News Conference at 3 p.m.

Image above: The Dragon spacecraft stands inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where teams had just installed the spacecraft's solar array fairings on Jan. 12, 2013. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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