Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.
SpaceX will launch the cargo variant of its Dragon 2 spacecraft on their 23rd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. The flight will be conducted under the second Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Dragon will be filled with supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support science and research investigations that occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.
Launch Crew Count 0
Landing Time 2021-10-01T02:57:00+0000
Height 70.00 Meters
Max Stages 2
Mass To GTO 8300 kg
Liftoff Thrust 7607 kN
Diameter 3.65 Meters
Mass To LEO 22800 kg
Liftoff Mass 549 Tonnes
Launch Success 173
Consecutive Success 173
Maiden Flight 2018-05-11
Launch Failures 0
Flight Proven Yes
Landing Attempt Yes
Landing Success Yes
Successful launch of Cargo Dragon C208 towards the International Space Station as part of CRS-23. Docking scheduled for 15:00 UTC on Monday August 30.
Launch scrubbed due to weather. Next attempt on August 29 at 07:14 UTC.
The International Space Station programme is tied together by a complex set of legal, political and financial agreements between the sixteen nations involved in the project, governing ownership of the various components, rights to crewing and utilization, and responsibilities for crew rotation and resupply of the International Space Station. It was conceived in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, during the Space Station Freedom project as it was originally called.
Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) are a series of flights awarded by NASA for the delivery of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station.The first CRS contracts were signed in 2008 and awarded $1.6 billion to SpaceX for twelve cargo Dragon and $1.9 billion to Orbital Sciences for eight Cygnus flights, covering deliveries to 2016. The Falcon 9 and Antares rockets were also developed under the CRS program to deliver cargo spacecraft to the ISS.
Following its launch atop a Falcon 9, the CRS-23 Dragon will autonomously dock to the ISS, bringing crew supplies as well as experiments.
The SpaceX CRS-23 Dragon spacecraft will undock from the International Space Station ahead of its reentry, splashdown and recovery.