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July 2nd, 2018

SpaceX Falcon 9 Successfully Driving Dragon Spacecraft to ISS with 17 Experiments Aboard

On Friday, June 29, a SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully lifted off with a launch of the company's 15th Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-15).

The SpaceX CRS-15 successful liftoff with Dragon spacecraft payload for ISS. Photo is courtesy of NASA.

The powerful launch occurred at 5:42:42 a.m. EDT, (9:42:42 UTC), from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about nine minutes and 30 seconds after liftoff and is on its way to the International Space Station and is currently expected to arrive early on the morning of July 2nd.

The SpaceX CRS-15 mission includes a variety of payloads representing diverse science investigations, ranging from the life and physical sciences to Earth observation and remote sensing, as well as educational experiments intended to engage and excite the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Below are highlights of sponsored ISS National Lab investigations that are part of the SpaceX CRS-15 mission:

University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
PI: Tobias Steinpilz

Barrios PCG
Barrios Technology
PI: Lawrence J. DeLucas

BCATS-CS Quantifying Cohesive Sediment Dynamics for Advanced Environmental Modeling
University of California, Santa Barbara
PI: Paolo Luzzatto-Fegi

BioScience-8-Gene Control Prime-EPICON
University of Zurich
PI: Oliver Ullrich

DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS)
German Space Agency
PI: David Krutz

Endothelial Cells in Microgravity as a Model System for Evaluation of Cancer Therapy Toxicity
Angiex Cancer Therapy
PI: Shou-Ching Jaminet

PI: Rainer Treichel

Growth of Assorted Microgreens in Microgravity
PI: Ted Tagami

Made In Space Fiber Optics-3
Made In Space
PI: Jan Clawson

Megachile rotundata Proprioception and Flight Patterns in Microgravity
Higher Orbits
PI: Michelle Lucas

Microgravity Crystal Growth for Improvement in Neutron Diffraction
University of Toledo
PI: Timothy Mueser

Orbital Sidekick
PI: Daniel Katz

NanoRacks-Ramon SpaceLab-01
The Ramon Foundation
PI: Maya Golan

PAPELL (Pump Application using Pulsed Electromagnets for Liquid reLocation)
Institute of Space Systems, University of Stuttgart (Germany)
PIs: Manfred Ehresmann, Franziska Hild, Kira Grunwald

Qucopartex – Precious (QUANTUM)
Aurora Group
PI: Matija Bericic

Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Student Investigations
National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
PI: Jeff Goldstein