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14 Doves Bound for ISS on SpaceX CRS-6 Launch


UPDATE: Launch has been scrubbed. CRS-6 launch now scheduled for Tuesday April, 14, 2015, 4:10 pm EDT

Fourteen more Doves are heading to the ISS. On Monday, April 13, 2015, our Doves will launch as secondary payload on SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-6 ISS resupply mission. The launch is scheduled for 4:33 pm EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40. CRS-6 is the sixth of twelve ISS resupply missions on SpaceX’s slate.

CRS-5 Launch from Cape Canaveral (January 10, 2015). Image: SpaceX.

Back in January, SpaceX made an attempt to land a reusable first stage Falcon 9 rocket. The attempt was almost successful; they were so close. SpaceX will make another first stage recovery attempt on Monday. The Falcon 9 booster will attempt a precision landing on a floating drone ship in the Atlantic. If the recovery is successful, it will be a huge step towards affordable spaceflight. Learn more about the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

We’ll be watching the launch and recovery attempt at Planet HQ on NASA TV’s live stream: