by 45th Space Wing
4/14/2015 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The
45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX)
successful launch of their Falcon 9 Dragon spacecraft headed to the
International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 40 here April
14 at 4:10 p.m. EDT.
Today's mission is SpaceX's fourth Falcon 9 launch of the year, and the
company's sixth operational re-supply mission to the space station.
A combined team of military, government civilians and contractors from
across the 45th Space Wing provided support to the mission, including
weather forecasts, launch and range operations, security, safety and
The Dragon spacecraft is filled with more than 4,300 pounds of supplies
and payloads, including critical materials to directly support about 40
of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur
during Expeditions 43 and 44, according to NASA.
Science payloads will study new ways to possibly counteract the
microgravity-induced cell damage seen during spaceflight, the effects of
microgravity on the most common cells in bones, gather new insight that
could lead to treatments for osteoporosis and muscle wasting
conditions, continue studies into astronaut vision changes and test a
new material that could one day be used as a synthetic muscle for
robotics explorers of the future.
After five weeks at the space station, the spacecraft will return to
earth with more than 3,000 pounds of cargo, including crew supplies,
hardware and computer resources, science experiments, space station
hardware - and then splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of
Maj. Gen. (Sel.) Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, who also
served as the Launch Decision Authority for this mission, lauded the
entire team effort.
"One mission at a time - totally focused on our disciplined and safe
process execution to ensure 100 percent mission success - is how we do
things here on the Eastern Range," said Armagno.
"As always, all the credit goes to Team Patrick-Cape, NASA, SpaceX, and
all the other mission partners who came together to make this mission
happen," she said. "You continue to impress me and to do yourself
The next launch on the Eastern Range Manifest is the Falcon 9 Thales
mission, currently slated for liftoff at 6:14 p.m. EDT, April 24, from
Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.