The eve of the launch of the Dragon Capsule on Falcon 9 saw NASA and SpaceX prepared and ready for the risk that was to be taken in the mission. The Falcon 9 was scheduled to lift off at 11:46am from the Space Launch complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was the first launch from that pad after it was repaired following the 2016 pad explosion.
SpaceX on December 11 announced that it was delaying the launch to provide additional time for the pre-launch ground system checks. The launch was then scheduled for 11:24 am at a projection of 80 degrees. The Dragon carried 2,205 kg of cargo that included the crew, supplies, hardware etc.
This is the 13th mission in the SpaceX’s commercial resupply services contract that it had made with NASA.
By: Srishti Anand