SpaceX Launched CRS-18 Cargo to International Space Station

CRS-18 cargo by SpaceX’s launch to the International Space Station on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been pushed back 3 days to Wednesday.

The launch beforehand was set for 7:32 p.m. Sunday during a weekend that included the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landing. SpaceX did not provide a new time. However, Spaceflight Now reported the time could be approximately 6:24 p.m. Wednesday.

“Falcon 9 static fire test complete — targeting July 24 launch from Pad 40 in Florida for Dragon’s eighteenth resupply mission to the @Space_Station,” SpaceX posted on Twitter Friday night.

Among the private firms sending cargo or experiments to the space station are Goodyear, Nickelodeon, drugmaker AstraZeneca, and nScrypt, an Orlando company that’s sending a 3D printer to space to make human tissue.

The International Space Station National Lab says the demand for space-based analysis and development continues to extend as more firms attempt new things in microgravity environment the station offers.

Better tires are the aims of Goodyear’s experiment, which can explore methods to improve tire manufacturing and efficiency by creating silica fillers in microgravity, probably yielding results not possible on Earth, in accordance with NASA’s mission description.

AstraZeneca is delivering its second payload to the station, this time finding out therapies to treat cancer and immune diseases.

Based on NASA’s mission description, the nScrypt experiment “might serve as a first step towards achieving the ability to manufacture entire human organs in space.”

Emily Rodriguez

Emily Rodriguez

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