NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 2:20 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 26, to launch the company’s 26th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.
The mission’s launch attempt on Nov. 22 was scrubbed due to poor weather conditions along Florida’s Space Coast.
Liftoff will be from Launch Complex 39A at the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew.
The Dragon spacecraft will deliver a variety of NASA investigations, including the next pair of International Space Station Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs), which will augment power to the orbiting laboratory. The spacecraft also will carry a study to grow dwarf tomatoes to help create a continuous fresh-food production system in space, as well as an experiment that tests an on-demand method to create specific quantities of key nutrients.
For a Nov. 26 launch, arrival to the station is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. EST on Sunday, Nov. 27. The Dragon spacecraft will dock autonomously to the forward-facing port of the station’s Harmony module.
The spacecraft is expected to spend about a month attached to the orbiting outpost before it returns to Earth with research and return cargo, splashing down off the coast of Florida.
Full coverage of this mission is as follows (all times Eastern):
Saturday, Nov. 26
2 p.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins
2:20 p.m. – Launch
Sunday, Nov. 27
6 a.m. – NASA TV coverage begins for Dragon docking to space station
Approximately 7:30 a.m. – Docking
Coverage is subject to change based on real-time operational activities. Follow the International Space Station blog for updates.
NASA TV launch coverage
For downlink information, schedules, and links to streaming video, visit:
Audio only of the launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, or -7135. On launch day, the full mission broadcast can be heard on -1220 and -1240, while the countdown net only can be heard on -7135 beginning approximately one hour before the mission broadcast begins.
On launch day, a “tech feed” of the launch without NASA TV commentary will be carried on the NASA TV media channel.
NASA website launch coverage
Launch day coverage of the mission will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning no earlier than 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, as the countdown milestones occur. On-demand streaming video and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff.
Attend launch virtually
Members of the public can register to attend this launch virtually. Registrants will receive mission updates and activities by email. NASA’s virtual guest program for this mission also includes curated launch resources, notifications about related opportunities, and a virtual guest passport stamp following a successful launch.
Watch, Engage on social media
Let people know you’re following the mission on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by using the hashtags #Dragon, #CRS26, and #NASASocial. You can also stay connected by following and tagging these accounts:
Learn more about NASA’s SpaceX commercial resupply missions at: https://www.nasa.gov/spacex