Mission: SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-4)
Rocket: SpaceX Falcon 9
Cargo ship: Dragon
Current Status: Postponed
Launch Date: Sunday, 21 Sept 2014 05:52 UTC / 01:52 EDT
Odds of Launch: Unknown numerics but the forecast looks great.
Friday Night Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. North northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
CRS-4 is the fourth of 12 or more missions to the International Space Station.
More than 5,000 pounds of station supplies and materials to support 255 science and research studies to be conducted by the crews of Expeditions 41 and 42.
Dragon will also have as part of the cargo 20 rodents to ride in NASA’s Rodent Research Facility.
A very cool Rapid Scattermmeter to monitor ocean surface wind speed and direction.
Cabbage – well not cabbage but a relative of cabbage for investigating plant growth in space.
Delivery of a new 3-D printer – this is a great addition, I can see them doing some fabrication for different things – very good.
Special Purpose Inexpensive Satellite, or SpinSat,to test how a small satellite moves and positions itself in space using new thruster technology.
Also SpaceX has been working on landing the Falcon for reuse on “landing legs”, this time around SpaceX will try to guide the first stage to a controlled soft-splashdown in the Atlantic. The effort sounds like it is a “let’s try this and see what happens” kind of thing. It is not given too much of a chance of success but I bet the knowledge gained will be more than worth the effort.