NASA will send a Dragon for the first commercial flight

NASA will send a Dragon for the first commercial flight to the ISS on October 7

Ship Dragon U.S. company Space Exploration Technologies (or SpaceX) will go to the first commercial flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on October 7. It was announced by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

According to the agency, this date has been agreed upon by the U.S. Mission Control in Houston (Texas), SpaceX and international partners in the ISS program.

Dragon launch is scheduled for 20:34 on the East Coast of the USA (4:34 MSK October 8) from the launch site at Cape Canaveral (Florida), ITAR-TASS reported. To display the spacecraft into orbit will be used rocket Falcon-9.

The leaders of the ISS program, NASA has confirmed the full readiness of the ship capsules and rockets to fly, and the crew of the station in orbit — to receive the Dragon.

Capsule docked with the ISS, which is using the station robotic arm to hold NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and her Japanese counterpart Akihiko Hoshide, scheduled for October 10.

If weather conditions do not allow the due date to run the ship, launch window will also open on October 8.

Dragon has to deliver to the space station is about 450 kg of cargo, in particular, the materials for the 166 science experiments.

The return capsule to Earth is planned for late October. Dragon «splash down" in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of California. He will bring with him the results of scientific research, as well as nearly 230 kg of parts of plant equipment.

The agreement between NASA and SpaceX company provides 12 expeditions to the delivery of goods to the International Space Station. The contract is valued at $ 1.6 billion.

In May, the ship made a test flight to the ISS, adding to its food supply, and returned safely to Earth with the results of scientific experiments.

Now Dragon is the only cargo ship shuttle.

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