Falcon 9 Launch Live Broadcast (CRS-14)

Today, the next launch of the Falcon 9 rocket is to take place from the spaceport on Cape Canaveral. It will launch the spacecraft Dragon into space. On board is 2600 kg of payload for the ISS. These are crew supplies, various equipment, spare parts and scientific instruments. One of the most interesting cargoes of Dragon is the 100-kilogram RemoveDebris satellite created by ESA specialists. It is designed to test promising technologies designed to combat space debris. During the experiment, the device will test the network, harpoon and brake sail. RemoveDebris will be the largest satellite launched from the ISS.
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During today's launch, SpaceX re-uses the first stage of the Falcon 9. In August 2017, she launched another spacecraft, Dragon (mission CRS-12), into space. However, this time SpaceX does not plan to return the stage. The decision is associated with the imminent transition of SpaceX to the use of the “final” modification of the Falcon 9, known as Block 5 and designed for at least 10 launches. Her "baptism of fire" will take place in late April.Therefore, the management of the company decided to get rid of all previously flown steps of old modifications. In addition, SpaceX engineers use this interruption to repair and improve autonomous barges.
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It is also worth noting that the capsule of the Dragon launched today to the ISS is also reused. Prior to that, she flew into space in 2016 (mission CRS-8).
The launch window for today's launch will open at 20:30 UT (23:30 Kiev / Moscow / Minsk).

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