NASA and SpaceX have scheduled the launch of the 29th Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-29) for 8:28 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 9, from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
The CRS-29 mission is notable for carrying a suite of scientific experiments and technology demonstrations. Among these are studies focusing on enhanced optical communications and the measurement of atmospheric waves, which are crucial for understanding Earth’s weather patterns.
Also onboard will be NASA’s Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) and the Integrated Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Low-Earth-Orbit User Modem and Amplifier Terminal (ILLUMA-T). These experiments are designed to advance our understanding of Earth’s upper atmosphere and to test new communication technologies that could revolutionize data transfer from space.
In collaboration with the ISS National Laboratory, the mission is poised to support a broad spectrum of research, ranging from life and physical sciences to technology development and student-led investigations, marking a significant step forward in space exploration and scientific inquiry.
As the ninth launch under the CRS-2 contract and the 29th overall resupply mission, this flight continues the strong partnership between NASA and private industry, further cementing the Kennedy Space Center’s role as a hub of space innovation.