CRS-21: SpaceX Dragon 2 embarking on first flight, here’s how it compares to the original cargo vessel

SpaceX will soon conduct its 21st mission for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services program. While it’s hardly SpaceX’s first cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station, CRS-21 is notable for being the first flight of SpaceX’s redesigned Dragon 2 spacecraft.

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Night Launch: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching tonight for CRS-20

SpaceX is preparing to launch a Dragon supply capsule on a Falcon 9 rocket tonight at 11:50 p.m. ET. I drove down to Titusville, Florida, from South Mississippi last night to attend the launch from a boat thanks to Star Fleet Tours.

The objective is a resupply and payload return flight to and from the International Space Station. Here’s an idea of some of the payload being delivered.

For me, this will be my first time viewing a nighttime launch; I saw CRS-19 during the day in December. I’ll also be positioned well to see the booster landing if they successfully return.

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Here’s what SpaceX is delivering to the ISS on CRS-20

Watch and learn below. Adidas isn’t the only interesting project on board. Space garden hardware testing, plant defenses in space, nanostructure testing, liquid metal experiments, and more.

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SpaceX CRS-20 mission moves to March 6 after valve motor misbehavior

Originally set for 1:45 a.m. on March 2, SpaceX is now looking at 11:50 pm on March 6 to launch its 20th commercial resupply service mission to the International Space Station.

A misbehaving valve motor on the second stage engine is at fault for rescheduling SpaceX CRS-20:

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