Lunedi, 25 Settembre, 2017

SpaceX launches cargo to space station

Spaceborne Computer Isometric NASA - High Performance Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Computer System on the ISS
Messalina Adamo | 15 Agosto, 2017, 02:56

You can rewatch the launch and landing in the video below.

SpaceX is set to launch its next commercial delivery of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday (14 August) from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The station passed over the Kennedy Space Center a few minutes before the Falcon 9 took off and was well away to the northeast when the rocket began its chase at 12:31:37 p.m. EDT (GMT-4).

After lofting the Dragon into orbit, SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of the rocket back at Cape Canaveral.

What makes this experiment, known as the Spaceborne Computer Project, different is that the organisation is seeking to "ruggedize" the appliances through software, rather than modifying the hardware to make the servers more robust.

Astronauts who may one day make the trip to Mars will be required to work on computers and laptops to transmit data back to Earth. Moving people beyond Mars will require extra computing powers.

Far from being a flight of fancy, the hope is to use the information to build a system that would be able to survive a flight to Mars, which would take about a year. A Tracking and Data Relay System satellite will be sent into a geostationary transfer orbit atop an Atlas V rocket. The first mission out of the East Coast was supposed to be the launch of a NASA communications satellite, TDRS-M, on top of the United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket.


One investigation by the private company NanoRacks and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense aims to validate the concept of using microsatellites with imaging systems to support critical military operations. From now on, only reused Dragon spacecraft will fly to the International Space Station, SpaceX representatives said Sunday (Aug. 13).

Cosmic rays are high-energy particles from beyond our solar system and are the remnant of exploded stellar material from supernovas and other violent cosmic events.

Among other experiments planned is a study of Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) in zero gravity. In controlled conditions aboard the ISS, bioengineered lung tissue could be used to test new drugs and chemicals when researching treatments for various lung diseases.

During better weather, SpaceX's Falcon 9 is prepared Sunday for a launch Monday. That rocket carried the Intelsat 35e communications satellite, one of the company's heaviest payloads to date. Intriguingly, it appears that SpaceX chose to paint 1039's grid fins white for this launch, adding a bit of uncertainty as to whether they are the new titanium fins or more traditional aluminum fins.

Dragon being filled with science and ice cream just ahead of its Monday launch.

The strong performance of the ISS in general, which reduced the amount of consumables on the Dragon flight, also led NASA to delay the next cargo mission to the station.

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