CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Dragon’s 27th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-27) mission to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is set for Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
If needed, there is backup launch opportunity is available on Wednesday, March 15 at 8:08 p.m.
Launch Weather 80% ‘GO’
According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is an 80% chance of favorable weather for launch.
The primary weather concern is thick clouds.
Attempted Landing On Drone Ship
Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 Block 5 will attempt a landing on an autonomous drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Commercial Re-Supply Payload
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew, including NASA’s HUNCH Ball Clamp Monopod, a student-manufactured project that can make filming in space easier, and the JAXA(Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Tanpopo-5 investigation which studies the origin, transportation, and survival of life in space and on extraterrestrial planets.
Dragon will also deliver the final two experiments from the National Institutes for Health and International Space Station National Laboratory’s Tissue Chips in Space initiative. Both studies, Cardinal Heart 2.0 and Engineered Heart Tissues-2, use small devices containing living cells that mimic functions of human tissues and organs to advance the development of treatments for cardiac dysfunction.