Mission Details :
Dragon Capsule carries 7000 pounds ( 3175 Kg ) of Science Research experiments, Foods & supplies to the International Space Station ( ISS ) .
This particular space mission will also help test the use of expandable space habitat which NASA calls it BEAM - Bigelow Expandable Activity Module .
Lift Off Time : 4:20pm ET
LEO Deployment : 10 minutes after liftoff
ISS Attachment : After 2 Days
Return : After 30 days
- Research Materials to conduct 250 science and research investigations
- BEAM ( Bigelow Expandable Activity Module )
How BEAM Inflation Works on Space Station :
As you can see on the animation, the capsule expands from its normal size which gives extra space for astronauts.
Before Expansion Dimension : 5.7 Ft long, 7.75 ft diameter
After Expansion Dimension : 13 Ft long, 10.5 ft diameter
Weight : 3000 pounds
Basically, instead of carrying larger modules, a inflated capsule like this would gives extra space to conduct more experiments .
How will the BEAM capsule be deployed to ISS ?
International Space Station has Canadarm, the 57.7 ft long robotic arm that is being used by astronauts to deploy , maneuver payloads will be used to capture Dragon Capsule .
The BEAM will then be ported , astronauts will then carry out experiments on the inflated space .
How to Watch SpaceX Dragon Capsule Live ?
It's live on SpaceX's youtube channel. If you face difficulty watching on our site, please head over to the official youtube channel .
After 10 minutes into the launch , Dragon will separate from Falcon 9 Rocket and deployed into Low Earth Orbit .
Exactly after two days ISS crew will use the Robotic arm to capture the Dragon and dock to ISS .
The Dragon will then return to earth after nearly a month stay on ISS .
Watch SpaceX falcon9 rocket launch with dragon capsule live on NASA Web as well as on youtube .
Source : NASA | SpaceX