SpaceX cargo launch to space station now targeting Wednesday
Upi.com - Sun 21 Jul 05:48 GMT

SpaceX's CRS-18 cargo launch to the International Space Station on a Falcon 9 rocket has been pushed back three days to Wednesday.

  KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., July 20 (UPI) -- SpaceX's CRS-18 cargo launch to the International Space Station on a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been pushed back three days to Wednesday.

  "Falcon 9 static fire test complete -- targeting July 24 launch from Pad 40 in Florida for Dragon's eighteenth resupply mission to the @Space_Station," SpaceX posted on Twitter Friday evening.

  Among the private companies sending cargo or experiments to the space station are Goodyear, Nickelodeon, drugmaker AstraZeneca and nScrypt, an Orlando company that is sending a 3D printer to space to make human tissue.

  The ISS National Lab says the demand for space-based research and development continues to increase as more companies try new things in microgravity environment the station offers.

  It will be the 18th operational mission for the SpaceX Dragon capsule to the station, known as CRS-18.

  Better tires is the goal of Goodyear's experiment, which will explore ways to improve tire manufacturing and performance by creating silica fillers in microgravity, potentially yielding results not possible on Earth, according to NASA's mission description.

  According to NASA's mission description, the nScrypt experiment "could serve as a first step toward achieving the ability to fabricate entire human organs in space."