CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - The next SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station is set for launch Sunday, March 16, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The company's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Dragon cargo capsule, will lift off at 4:41 a.m. EDT. Should the launch be delayed, the next launch opportunity will occur on Monday, March 17 at 4:19 a.m.
The mission, designated SpaceX-3, is the third of 12 SpaceX flights contracted by NASA to resupply the space station. It will be the fourth trip by a Dragon capsule to the orbiting laboratory.
The capsule will be filled with almost 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies. The Dragon will remain attached to the space station's Harmony module for more than three weeks, and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California on April 17 with more than 3,500 pounds of experiment samples and equipment returning from the station.
Dragon is scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Tuesday morning around 7 a.m.