February 29, 2024

Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 Soars Into the Sky With Space Station Supplies

NASAs SpaceX 26th industrial resupply services objective takes off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:20 p.m. EST on November 26, 2022. Credit: NASA/Chris Swanson
T-0, ignition, and liftoff of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft at 2:20 p.m. EST, triggering on the businesss 26th mission to provide materials, equipment, and science products to the International Space Station for NASA.
Several thousand pounds of important research study, crew supplies, and hardware are on their way to the crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) following the 2:20 p.m. EST launch of NASAs SpaceX 26th industrial resupply services objective from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

SpaceXs Dragon spacecraft reached its initial orbit and its solar ranges have been deployed. A series of thruster shootings are arranged to permit Dragon to rendezvous with the area station on Sunday, November 27, at 7:30 a.m. EST. Live coverage of the docking will start at 6 a.m. EST at https://www.nasa.gov/live.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bring the Dragon freight spacecraft raises off from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 26, 2022, on the businesss 26th commercial resupply services objective for the company to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann will catch the Dragon using the spaceport stations robotic arm and then install it on the stations Harmony module. Dragon will invest about one month attached to the area station.
During SpaceXs 26th commercial resupply services objective to the International Space Station for NASA, the Dragon spacecraft will provide more than 7,700 pounds of materials, devices, and a number of science examinations to the crew aboard the station, consisting of the next pair of International Space Station Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs), which will increase the power on the spaceport station.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bring the Dragon freight spacecraft lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 26, 2022, on the companys 26th business resupply services mission for the agency to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Among the science experiments on the way to the ISS are:
A study to grow dwarf tomatoes to help develop a continuous fresh-food production system in area, as well as an experiment that checks an on-demand technique to produce particular amounts of essential nutrients.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo spacecraft takes off from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 26, 2022, on the businesss 26th business resupply services objective for the agency to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Other research studies introducing consist of a test of a microscope with prospective deep space applications and Engineered Heart Tisues-2 (EHT-2), a study of heart health. This experiment builds on an examination of 3D cultures aboard the area station in 2020.
Human beings have occupied the area station continuously since November 2000. In that time, 263 individuals and a range of industrial and worldwide spacecraft have checked out the orbital outpost. It remains the springboard to NASAs next excellent leap in expedition, consisting of future objectives to the Moon under Artemis, and ultimately, human exploration of Mars.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soars upward after its liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 26, 2022, on the companys 26th Commercial Resupply Services objective for the firm to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
Hitching a ride on this objective are four CubeSats for NASAs Educational Launch of Nanosatellites, or ELaNa. They will be deployed after launch. The third is called Scintillation Prediction Observation Research Task (SPORT), a joint mission between the U.S. and Brazil to investigate the conditions that lead to the formation of plasma bubbles.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket skyrockets upward after its liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 26, 2022, on the businesss 26th Commercial Resupply Services mission for the firm to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
The final CubeSat is called Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technologys Research and Education Vehicle for Evaluating Radio Broadcasts (TJREVERB), developed by high school trainees, which will evaluate the strength and consistency of iridium radio signals, the primary method we communicate with CubeSats.
SpaceXs 26th commercial resupply objective (CRS) released to the International Space Station from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 26. The Dragon spacecraft brings clinical experiments and technology demonstrations that check out growing plants in area, producing nutrients on-demand, in-space building, and more. Credit: NASA

A series of thruster shootings are scheduled to enable Dragon to rendezvous with the area station on Sunday, November 27, at 7:30 a.m. EST. Other studies releasing include a test of a microscopic lense with potential deep space applications and Engineered Heart Tisues-2 (EHT-2), a research study of heart health. People have actually inhabited the space station constantly given that November 2000. SpaceXs 26th industrial resupply objective (CRS) launched to the International Space Station from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on November 26. The Dragon spacecraft carries clinical experiments and innovation demonstrations that check out growing plants in space, creating nutrients on-demand, in-space building, and more.