Update: The launch was successful and the Dragon spacecraft has entered orbit. It will take a couple days to get to the International Space Station. Once it arrives, it will remain there for about a month. More details about the mission are on SpaceX’s mission overview document (PDF).

Original Story: SpaceX, a private space company, is planning again on Friday to launch its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Its first attempt to launch this mission was scratched on Monday because of a helium leak.

The live webcast begins at 11:45 PST and the launch itself is scheduled for 12:25, though SpaceX notes that the weather isn’t ideal.

NASA TV is streaming coverage:

Live streaming video by Ustream

The unmanned mission is delivering cargo to the ISS, including scientific experiments from NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

SpaceX is owned by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. You can learn more about private space exploration in our TV special, Silicon Valley Goes to Space.

SpaceX Launches its Dragon Spacecraft to the International Space Station 16 June,2014Molly Samuel


Molly Samuel

Molly Samuel joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Before becoming KQED Science’s Multimedia Producer, she was a producer for Climate Watch. Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Molly has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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