SpaceX is going to launch a robotic capsule to the ISS next week

Posted Apr 9, 2014

SpaceX, the private space flight company led by Elon Musk, will be launching its third robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station next week. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon vehicle loaded with supplies is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 14.

This is going to be SpaceX’s third official flight to the station through a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to carry out 12 millions to the International Space Station using the Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket.

You can watch the SpaceX launch live at through NASA TV at 3:45PM EDT on April 14th. The launch is scheduled for 4:58PM EDT.

Dragon is going to fly to the station loaded with 5,000 pounds f cargo and scientific experiments, according to NASA. The supplies include legs for Robonaut 2, which is a humanoid robot designed to assist astronauts on the station with day-to-day tasks.

“These new legs, funded by NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology mission directorates, will provide R2 (Robonaut 2) the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station,” said NASA officials in a statement on March 12. “The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research.”