Space Agency NASA has announced the date and time of the next cargo dispatch to the ISS. With favorable weather conditions and no unforeseen complications, the SpaceX Dragon cargo ship will launch at 3:37 am East Coast time on August 28.
The launch will take place from Kennedy Space Center pad 39A at Cape Canaveral. About 12 minutes after launch, Dragon will detach from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and head towards the ISS. The arrival of the ship at the station is scheduled for August 29. Dragon will dock autonomously with the Harmony module, and mission 65 flight engineers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will monitor the operations.
The ship will deliver a variety of cargo and materials, including equipment for scientific experiments. A robotic manipulator will also be delivered to the ISS, which can later be used on Earth in eliminating the consequences of natural disasters. At the request of the Girl Scout Organization, a series of experiments will be conducted to study plants, ants and shrimp in microgravity.
Dragon is expected to stay on the ISS for about a month, after which it will return to Earth with the results of experiments and other cargo, landing off the coast of Florida. The launch will be available live on the NASA TV platform, with the broadcast scheduled to begin at 3:15 am local time on 28 August.