Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

SpaceX Gears Up For CRS-11 Launch Tomorrow

SpaceX Gears Up For CRS-11 Launch Tomorrow

SpaceX, US private space agency entrusted with cargo supply to International Space Station, will launch its 11th flight aboard the Dragon spacecraft to carry payload of resupply to the orbiting ISS tomorrow, June 1, 2017.

The 230-foot-tall SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a Dragon spacecraft, is scheduled to lift off at 5:55 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 1 (3.25 a.m Friday India time) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the United States space agency said.

The supplies for special experiments include live mice to study the effects of osteoporosis and fruit flies for research on microgravity's impact on the heart.

Thursday afternoon there is a 60 percent chance of storms and depending on the movement of the sea breeze those storms could affect the launch, News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

"Sea breeze storms will fire up after 2 p.m. Thursday and some storms could stick around through launch time", Bridges said.

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A SpaceX rocket test started a small wildfire at a nearby wildlife refuge over the Memorial Day weekend, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The two-stage Falcon 9 behaved just fine during the standard "static fire" test at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on Sunday (May 28) - but a small chunk of neighboring Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge blazed up as a result.

SpaceX is also targeting another booster landing about 10 minutes after launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Landing Zone 1.

If the launch is postponed for any reason, another opportunity opens at 5:07 pm (2107 GMT) Saturday, June 3.

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