Upper-level winds can damage the rocket or knock it off course while on its path into space.
"As of now, we're tracking no issues on Falcon 9, none on Dragon and we're on track with regards to timeline", said Jessica Jensen, director of Dragon Mission Management at SpaceX.More news: Qualcomm's New Fingerprint Sensor Lets You Scan Two Fingers at a Time
Outfitted with mass spectrometers capable of "sniffing" out the presence of gases such as ammonia, these robotic tools are used to detect leaks from the station. The Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS) was developed by Satellite Servicing Projects Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center as a special protective storage unit for important robotic tools. That will mean such equipment will be in tip-top shape for spacewalks, but it will also free up room inside the station and avoid the need to carry such tools through the equipment airlocks.
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The leak detectors until now have required 12 hours of preparation time in space, once brought through airlocks, to be usable. That experiment is part of Anheuser-Busch's effort to make Budweiser "the first beer on Mars", according to Wired.More news: Turkey says no change in objection to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plan on Baltics
Despite near-perfect weather at the launch site, winds high in the atmosphere threatened the Falcon 9 rocket during launch.
During Wednesday's mission, the Dragon capsule will separate from the rocket nine minutes after liftoff, according to SpaceX, which projects that it will attach to the space station on December 7.More news: Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 865: Everything we know so far