As is often the case, SpaceX will provide a live stream and commentary regarding the launch, and the stream should go live shortly before the scheduled launch window. But the company halted the countdown because of excessive upper-level wind at Cape Canaveral and also out in the Atlantic.
Initially, the robot hotel will host two Robotic External Leak Locators (RELL) that are used to detect leaks outside the ISS.More news: 'Misleading' Deliveroo ad banned after attracting 300 complaints
Following this launch, Boeing is set to send its Starliner capsule atop United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket no earlier than 7:47 a.m. December 17 from Launch Complex 41 to the space station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
"The objective is to protect sensitive tools and make them more accessible and easier to use", Mark Neuman, RiTS project manager for Northrop Grumman. This will be the third trip to the space station for this recycled Dragon. The units have to wait 12 hours in space so that gas detectors are clean from gases in the space station.More news: Indian Idol 11: It's OFFICIAL! Himesh Reshammiya Replaces Anu Malik As Judge
The tool stowage assembly was developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in partnership with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. It also needs to be bought outside the space station using the Dextre robotic arm- used to perform maintenance operations. Twenty seeds will be sprouted or grown out. The launch will take off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and will use a Dragon cargo capsule that SpaceX has already flown twice before, first in 2014 and then again in 2017.
In January, the capsule is scheduled to re-enter Earth's atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California with 3,600 pounds of return cargo.More news: Barr 'disagrees' with DOJ watchdog report that says Russian Federation probe was justified