Let's try again: SpaceX is looking to launch its 18th International Space Station Supply (ISS) mission on Thursday at 18:01 ET (15:01 PT) a day after trying to do it for the first time. Initial experience was removed at last minute due to the climatic conditions of Florida's start-up area at the Cape Canaveral Air Force, but today there is a spare window, so Elon's rocket company will try again. The flow above will begin about 1
The CRS-18 will ship a Dragon Load Cap with 5,000 pounds of experimental materials, consumables and other cargo, including a new automated docking sleeve to the ISS. This mission is one of the last in the SpaceX Space Ship Supply Agreement that covers the 20 commitments – but NASA and SpaceX essentially returned to a second batch in 2024 as part of a new contract signed in 2016.
The Dragon Engine used in this mission has actually flown two previous missions to the ISS and will be the first to manage a third if that trip is planned. In a few days he will meet with the ISS, be unloaded by astronauts, and load himself backward before leaving the ISS and returning to Earth to pour into the Pacific Ocean for recovery. Dragon will be placed on board the first stage of Falcon 9, which was only used a few months ago and for the latest mission of the CRS.