Welcome to tonight’s FLORIDA TODAY’s Area Staff reside protection of NASA’s twenty ninth industrial resupply mission to the Worldwide Area Station.
SpaceX is focusing on 8:28 p.m. EDT to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at Kennedy Area Heart. An uncrewed Dragon capsule will ship greater than 6,500 kilos of crew provides, gear and science experiments into low-Earth orbit to the ISS.
This CRS-29 mission will even carry a small science experiment created by the self-nicknamed “Micro organism Boys” of Pinecrest Academy Area Coast in Viera. This group of 5 eighth graders is sending horseshoe crab blood to the ISS to check whether or not it will possibly detect E. coli micro organism in microgravity.
Groups with NASA and SpaceX accomplished the launch readiness evaluation — the ultimate main evaluation earlier than launch — on Wednesday afternoon.
NASA’s SpaceX Falcon 9 launch arising
Replace 8:18 p.m. EDT: Ten minutes earlier than SpaceX’s scheduled 8:28 p.m. EDT Falcon 9 launch, the countdown seems to be continuing as deliberate. Fueling is nicely underway at pad 39A.
A listing of key SpaceX countdown milestones. T-minus:
- 7 minutes: Falcon 9 begins engine chill previous to launch.
- 5 minutes: Dragon capsule transitions to inner energy.
- 1 minute: Command flight laptop begins remaining prelaunch checks; propellant tank pressurization to flight stress begins.
- 45 seconds: SpaceX launch director verifies “go” for launch.
- 3 seconds: Engine controller instructions engine ignition sequence to start out.
- 0 seconds: Falcon 9 liftoff.
Replace 8:07 p.m. EDT: In a rarity, the Area Power’s forty fifth Climate Squadron now requires 100% favorable circumstances for the upcoming 8:28 p.m. EDT launch.
The squadron’s authentic forecast, which was issued Wednesday, pegged these odds at 95%.
Replace 7:57 p.m. EDT: Visible cues point out Falcon 9 fueling procedures at the moment are underway at pad 39A at Kennedy Area Heart, although neither SpaceX nor NASA has made an official announcement.
Replace 7:34 p.m. EDT: Packed contained in the SpaceX Dragon capsule is a science experiment using horseshoe crab blood that was devised by the “Bacteria Boys” of Pinecrest Academy Space Coast in Viera.
The eighth graders on the team are Evan Ireland, Connor Santore, Eric DiStasi, Liam Hauser and Luke Costa. The Bacteria Boys were among 12,859 students who submitted proposals via the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program.
SSEP judges received 2,261 proposals, narrowed the field to 112 finalists, and eventually chose 39 experiments, the ISS National Laboratory reported.
SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule facts
Update 7:15 p.m. EDT: The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is loaded with 6,505 pounds of cargo en route to the ISS. That sum includes science investigations (2,231 pounds), crew supplies (1,501 pounds), vehicle hardware (1,082 pounds), spacewalk equipment (106 pounds) and computer resources (101 pounds), NASA reported.
After a roughly 32-hour flight, the Dragon cargo spacecraft will arrive at the orbiting outpost and autonomously dock about 5:20 a.m. EDT Saturday, SpaceX reported.
Update 6:59 p.m. EDT: SpaceX officials have announced the Falcon 9 rocket’s first-stage booster should land at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station about eight minutes after the 8:28 p.m. EDT liftoff.
“There is the possibility that residents of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Indian River, Seminole, Volusia, Polk, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee County counties may hear one or more sonic booms during the landing, but what residents experience will depend on weather and other conditions,” SpaceX media relations personnel said via email.
The Space Force 45th Weather Squadron has issued a highly favorable forecast with a 95% chance of favorable launch conditions.
Scattered cumulus and altostratus clouds should dot the sky above Cape Canaveral, with a temperature of 71.
“High resolution model guidance indicates some coastal showers may be rounding the warm waters of the Gulf Stream Thursday evening, but activity should stay low-topped and far enough away to be of any (lightning) concern,” the squadron’s forecast said.
“With the altostratus deck expected to be thinner and higher in the atmosphere, thick clouds are no longer a concern for the initial launch window. The weather continues to trend very favorably for an initial launch attempt,” the forecast said.
SpaceX Dragon capsule to fly science to ISS
This ISS resupply mission’s cargo will include NASA’s Integrated Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Low Earth Orbit User Modem and Amplifier Terminal, or ILLUMA-T.
After this laser terminal is mounted on the ISS exterior, this device should relay data from the space station to Earth 10 to 100 times faster than today’s radio-frequency communications systems, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reports. The payload measures about the size of a refrigerator.
During an Oct. 26 NASA teleconference, Meg Everett, deputy program scientist for the ISS Program at Johnson Space Center, sketched a brief overview of microgravity research that will launch aboard the Dragon spacecraft. Key experiments will study:
⬤ Reproductive health in female mice.
“We will look at the function of the ovaries during flight and after flight. And we will look at some of the hormone receptors and some hormone signaling that will give us indication of the effects of microgravity on reproductive function,” Everett said.
⬤ Aquamembrane-3, a water filtration system using aquaporin proteins.
“These proteins are found in every living cell membrane naturally. And they’re naturally really good and strong water filters,” Everett said.
“So if we are able to use this naturally occurring protein to improve our water filtration systems, both in space or even here on Earth — in remote environments or highly polluted streams, and areas like that — we can really improve our water filtration systems, reduce wastewater volumes, and also improve our recycling capabilities,” she said.
⬤ Gaucho Lung, which simulates treatments for respiratory distress syndromes using gel-coated tubes filled with fluids.
“We’re hoping that being able to do this work in this new microgravity environment will provide better information on how we can deliver drugs to these different disease populations and really benefit health here on Earth,” Everett said.
For the latest schedule updates at the Cape, visit floridatoday.com/launchschedule.
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