SpaceX CRS-18

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SpaceX CRS-18
Dragon ISS.jpg
Artist rendering of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft being berthed to ISS
Mission typeISS resupply
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftDragon C20
Spacecraft typeDragon CRS
Dry mass4,200 kg (9,300 lb)
DimensionsHeight: 6.1 m (20 ft)
Diameter: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Start of mission
Launch date24 July 2019, 22:24 UTC (planned)[1]
RocketFalcon 9
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-40
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Berthing at ISS
Berthing portHarmony nadir or Unity nadir
RMS capturePlanned: July 2019
Berthing datePlanned: July 2019
NASA SpX-18 mission patch
NASA SpX-18 mission patch  

SpaceX CRS-18, also known as SpX-18, is SpaceX's 18th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services program for NASA. Launch is currently anticipated on 24 July 2019 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.[1]

The same Dragon capsule has previously flown to the ISS in April 2015 and December 2017.[2] This is the first time a capsule is used for a third flight.

Launch schedule history[edit]

On February 2016, it was announced that NASA had awarded a contract extension to SpaceX for five CRS additional missions (CRS-16 to CRS-20).[3] This flight was originally scheduled in December 2016[4] before two delays to July 2019.[5][1]

Primary payload[edit]

NASA has contracted for the CRS-18 mission from SpaceX and therefore determines the primary payload, date/time of launch, and orbital parameters for the Dragon space capsule. It will carry the third International Docking Adapter (IDA-3).[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Launch Schedule". Spaceflight Now. 19 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. ^ @SpaceX (19 July 2019). "The Dragon spacecraft supporting this mission previously visited the @space_station in April 2015 and December 2017" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ de Selding, Peter B. (24 February 2016). "SpaceX wins 5 new space station cargo missions in NASA contract estimated at $700 million". Space News. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  4. ^ NASA Office of Inspector General (June 28, 2016). NASA’s Response to SpaceX’s June 2015 Launch Failure: Impacts on Commercial Resupply of the International Space Station (PDF) (Report). NASA Office of Inspector General. p. 13. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  5. ^ "Upcoming Missions". Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  6. ^ Pietrobon, Steven (August 20, 2018). "United States Commercial ELV Launch Manifest". Retrieved August 21, 2018.

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