Artist rendering of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft being berthed to ISS
|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Spacecraft type||Dragon CRS|
|Dry mass||4,200 kg (9,300 lb)|
|Dimensions||Height: 6.1 m (20 ft)|
Diameter: 3.7 m (12 ft)
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||24 July 2019, 22:24 UTC (planned)|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral SLC-40|
|Berthing at ISS|
|Berthing port||Harmony nadir or Unity nadir|
|RMS capture||Planned: July 2019|
|Berthing date||Planned: July 2019|
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.
The same Dragon capsule has previously flown to the ISS in April 2015 and December 2017. This is the first time a capsule is used for a third flight.
Launch schedule history
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). This flight was originally scheduled in December 2016 before two delays to July 2019.
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).
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