SPACE CENTER & CAPE CANAVERAL
AIR FORCE STATION, FL – Under gloomy space
coast skies SpaceX engineers were reading a used Falcon 9 rocket and used Dragon
cargo freighter for blastoff to the International Space Station (ISS) on a cargo
mission for NASA carrying 3 tons of science including the CIMON Artificial Intelligence
and clouds stay away, spectators should witness a spectacular launch about 45
minutes before sunrise as the rocket rises into sunlight in the first few
minutes after liftoff.
forecast is excellent with a 90 percent chance of favorable conditions at
launch time, heavy rain and some thunder drenched the Space Coast area Thursday
afternoon – as is normal for Florida at this time of year.
CRS-15 commercial cargo freighter is now slated for dawn
29 at 5:42 a.m. EDT (0942 GMT) from seaside Space Launch Complex-40 (SLC-40)
at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
in person, you can watch the launch live on NASA TV starting about 5:15 a.m.
EFT with live streaming and blog updates as the countdown
be a 48 hour postponement and the backup launch date is Sun, July 1.
Dragon can use to catch up to the station on June 30 with the fuel reserves on
The two stage Falcon 9/Dragon rocket stands
about 213-feet (65-meters) tall.
loaded with nearly 3 tons of science and supplies for the six person Expedition
56 crew aboard the ISS.
high, 12-foot-diameter Dragon CRS-15 vessel is jam packed with more than 5,900 pounds (about 2,700 kilograms) of science
experiments, research hardware, space parts, food water, clothing and more
supplies for the six person Expedition 56 crew.
experiments involves artificial intelligence and is known as CIMON, which
stands for Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN.
sized and functions as a free flying mobile and autonomous assistance system
designed to aid astronauts with their everyday tasks on the ISS by using Watson AI technology from the IBM cloud.
Germany will work with CIMON to test its capabilities on the ISS.
first form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the space station. It
was developed by prime contractor Airbus (Friedrichshafen/Bremen, Germany) in
cooperation with DLR, the German Aerospace Center.
technology is about constantly understanding, reasoning and learning, so CIMON
is designed to assist and to create a feeling of talking to a crew mate”, says
equipped with a face and voice uses artificial intelligence to becomes a
genuine ‘colleague’ on board, says DLR.
version of the Falcon 9 booster which is being discontinued in favor of the
Block 5. The firm is rapidly switching over to the new Block 5 version first
launched in May.
easier to turnaround with minimal maintenance, says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. His
goal is to relaunch a recovered Block 5 a second time within 24 hours by
sometime next year.
on July 2 for a month long stay.
from pad 40.
in 2018 and the 2nd ISS resupply mission for NASA in 2018.
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