On , SpaceX's unpiloted cargo ship Dragon will head to the International Space Station (ISS) after launching from Cape Canaveral aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.
Three days later, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA's Serena Auñón-Chancellor will use Canadarm2 to capture the vehicle and berth it to the Station.
Astronauts on board the orbiting laboratory will unpack Dragon's pressurized cargo, which includes two Canadian elements:
- Bio-Monitor, the Canadian Space Agency's smart shirt system, designed to record astronauts' vital signs without interfering with their daily activities.
- A rubber exercise band for Vascular Echo, a Canadian study that examines astronauts' blood vessels using blood tests and ultrasound technology.
Dragon will remain berthed to the Station until mid-January, when it returns to Earth carrying samples for Canadian experiment MARROW that tracks space-related changes in bone marrow and blood cells.
Coverage of Dragon's launch will be available on NASA TV on , beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET.
cosmic catch" of the vehicle will also be broadcast on , beginning at 4:30 a.m. ET.