ISLAMABAD: NASA is all set to send the fourth SpaceX cargo mission, that would carry among other equipments a 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on September 20.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp’ (SpaceX) Falcon-9 rocket will launch a Dragon cargo spacecraft loaded with more than 5,000 pounds of scientific equipment and supplies, the US space agency said in a statement.
“The Dragon spacecraft will carry Special Purpose Inexpensive Satellite (SpinSat) to test how a small satellite moves and positions itself in space using a new thruster technology and the first 3D printer in space,” NASA said.
It will also carry a small flowering plant related to cabbage that would allow scientists to study plant growth and adaptations in space, nasa.gov reported.
It will be the fifth trip by a Dragon spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory.