May 30, 2017 10:31 AM EDT
SpaceX is making a big progress on its target for their upcoming space mission. Just recently, it makes its first static fire of CRS-11 Falcon 9 and the launched have been successful. With the positive result of the test fire, it appears that the privately-owned aerospace company is ready for its June 1 ISS cargo delivery mission for NASA.
SpaceX also was known as Space Exploration Technologies Corporation is a privately-owned aerospace manufacturer and space transport service company that is famous in the aeronautics industry. Founded by business magnate and entrepreneur Elon Musk in 2002, it has established a reputable name in the space aviation.
SpaceX goal is to reduce space transportation costs and help NASA on its space exploration of planet Mars. Currently, it has developed the Falcon and Dragon spacecraft, two of its space vehicle family that are delivering goods into Earth orbit. And after years of planning and collaboration with NASA, the Hawthorne-based company is reportedly set to make its cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
According to NASASpaceflight, SpaceX made its static fire for their CRS-11 Falcon 9 rocket Sunday ahead of its resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The aerospace company earlier planned to perform the test fire Friday but due to a technical issue, it was consequently moved Sunday afternoon.
Though the static test fire sparked a 4-acre brush fire at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the activity is considered successful which is part of SpaceX preparation to resupplying mission for the ISS. And it appears that there is no indication that NASA will delay the launch and will pursue on its target date as of this time.
As per Universe Today reported, SpaceX target the June 1 launch of Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon CRS-11 spacecraft as part of the resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The cargo delivery is carrying almost 6,000 pounds of science research items, crew supplies and hardware for the man-made space laboratory.
The Dragon CRS-11 will be SpaceX second resupply mission for this year but it will be the first time that they will reuse a previously launched Dragon. The Dragon spacecraft that will be used for the Thursday launch was the same spacecraft use during the CRS-4 resupply mission last September 21, 2014. NASA will offer a full live coverage of the launch beginning at 5:15 pm EDT Thursday, June 1 on NASA Television.
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