Cape Canaveral, Florida (Sat, May 19) – After a long wait and several delays, finally SpaceX - the private space exploration company founded by PayPal and Tesla Motors co-founder- set to make history as the first mission anchored by a private company to send cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) will begin in the early hours of Saturday.
At just a few hours at 1:55am Pacific Time (which is 4:55am Eastern time) Saturday morning, SpaceX will attempt to make the first ever privately-funded launch to head to the International Space Station ISS) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch will be made with its Falcon 9 rocket, which is set to launch its Dragon capsule.
Talking to media ahead of historical launch Gwynne Shotwell, the president of SpaceX, told media, “We know this has been touted as a huge mission. We keep trying to say it’s a test. Nonetheless, it’s a big job.”
The launch will be webcast live and will be repeated by NASA hour at 2:25am Pacific Time (5:25 Eastern time) for those who could not stay awake until dawn. Shortly later, a post-launch conference at 5:30am Pacific Time (8:30 pm Eastern Time) will give more details on the mission.