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Falcon 9 ready to loft CRS-16 Dragon to the ISS

5 Dec 2018, 13:05 UTC
Falcon 9 ready to loft CRS-16 Dragon to the ISS
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SpaceX will make a second launch in barely 48 hours on Wednesday, with their Falcon 9 rocket boosting a Dragon spacecraft on the first leg of its cargo run to the International Space Station. Liftoff of the CRS-16 mission will take place from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40 at 13:16 Eastern Time (18:16 UTC).

The launch, SpaceX’s twentieth of the year and the nineteenth to use a Falcon 9 vehicle, comes just 48 hours and four minutes after another Falcon 9 lifted off from California on Monday to deploy its SSO-A payload. Notably, the CRS-16 Dragon was set to launch just 24 hours after the SSO-A mission, before an unusual issue called for a 24 hour delay.
With CRS-16’s Dragon hosting not just hardware and experiments, but also mice, the food bars set to keep the rodents fed during their mission were found to be moldy. As such, they required changing out, resulting in a rush to fly in replacement food before Dragon could be sealed ahead of being erected at the pad on the Falcon 9.

To allow for time to replace parts of an @ISS_Research experiment, the launch of the @SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International ...

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