Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will take NASA's 'Robot Hotel' to the ISS

About 5,700 pounds of supplies and payloads will head to the International Space Station if all goes well Wednesday morning during SpaceX's 19th resupply mission to the station.

There is, however, a risk of strong upper level winds, Air Force and SpaceX officials said.

RiTS will provide protection from heat and physical protection from radiation and objects that are hurling through space.

It will be the first trip to space by a Starliner. "The Japanese airlock for equipment is very popular, very busy".

Initially, the robot hotel will host two Robotic External Leak Locators (RELL) that are used to detect leaks outside the ISS. The leak detectors have mass spectrometers that can find leaks from the space station, NASA officials said. Being able to do this 12 hours at a time from the exterior of the ISS will be extremely useful to the team of astronauts.

Like a shed out back of the house for your tools, the RiTS will be attached to the outside of the station to save space.

Moreover, it'll be a faster and easier process as the station's Dextre robotic arm will be able to retrieve them and put them to work more quickly as they'll already be outside. The beer giant said in 2017 that it wants to be the first beer on Mars. Following the launch, SpaceX hopes to recover the Falcon 9 to reuse for future missions.

This Dragon Capsule previously launched the CRS-4 and 12 missions to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

As launch day moves closer and closer, weather looks promising for Wednesday's mission.

In January, the capsule is scheduled to re-enter Earth's atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California with 3,600 pounds of return cargo.

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