SpaceX is targeting Sunday, December 6 for launch of its twenty-first Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-21), which will launch from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. L is targeted for 11:17 a.m. EST, or 16:17 UTC. Dragon will certainly separate from Falcon 9’s second phase concerning eleven mins after liftoff and autonomously dock to the space station on Monday, December 7.
This is the initial flight of the updated cargo version of Dragon, which is qualified of bring around 20 percent more quantity than the previous variation of Dragon and has double the amount of powered locker freight capability. Dragon is currently created for up to 5 flights to and from the space station, and this freight variation of the spacecraft can stay on station for a duration much more than twice as lengthy as the previous version of Dragon.
The Falcon 9 initial stage rocket booster supporting this launch formerly supported launch of Dragon’s very first flight with NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (Demo-2), the ANASIS-II goal, and also a Starlink objective. Following phase splitting up, SpaceX will certainly land Falcon 9’s initial stage on the „Of Course I Still Love You“ droneship, which will certainly be located in the Atlantic Ocean.