Kennedy Space Center’s historic pad 39A to see first launch since July 2011

SpaceX is all set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on a space station resupply mission from a historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad on coming Saturday, authorities have confirmed.

On the recently past Sunday, SpaceX successfully test-fired its Falcon 9 rocket’s first-stage engines at the historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, reaching a critical milestone on the path to launch of a resupply mission for the International Space Station (ISS) on 18th of February.

Space Analyst Bill Harwood reported, “They’ve done an enormous amount of work on Pad 39A. All these systems they've put in, the fuel lines, hydraulic lines, safety systems, it's been an enormous undertaking.”

The planned Falcon 9 cargo resupply mission is going to be the first to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 in more than 5 years. Last time this launch pad was used in July 2011, when the orbiter Atlantis blasted off on NASA’s shuttle program’s final flight.

The 39A launch pad is renowned NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin launched to the Moon in 1969.

SpaceX has a 20-year lease for the launch pad 39A, and has been renovating it around the clock. The company’s upcoming mission, a Dragon cargo ship carrying nearly 5,200 pounds of supplies and equipment to the ISS, is slated to be launched at 10:01 a.m. on Saturday.

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