|Mission type||ISS resupply|
|Dry mass||9,525 kg (20,999 lb)|
|Dimensions||Height: 8.1 m (27 ft)|
Diameter: 4 m (13 ft)
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||May 2022 (planned)|
|Launch site||Kennedy Space Center, LC-39A|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Regime||Low Earth orbit|
|Docking with ISS|
SpaceX CRS-25, also known as SpX-25, is a Commercial Resupply Service mission to the International Space Station (ISS) planned to be launched in May 2022. The mission is contracted by NASA and will be flown by SpaceX using a Cargo Dragon. This will be the fifth flight for SpaceX under NASA's CRS Phase 2 contract awarded in January 2016.
SpaceX plans to reuse the Cargo Dragons up to five times. The Cargo Dragon will launch without SuperDraco abort engines, without seats, cockpit controls and the life support system required to sustain astronauts in space. This newer design provides several benefits, including a faster process to recover, refurbish and re-fly versus the earlier Dragon CRS design used for ISS cargo missions.
The new Cargo Dragon capsules under the NASA CRS Phase 2 contract will splash down under parachutes in the Atlantic Ocean, east of Florida, rather than the previous recovery zone in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California.
Second pair of new solar arrays using XTJ Prime space solar cells. They will be delivered to the station in the unpressurized trunk of the SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft.
The installation of these new solar arrays will require two (2) spacewalks: one to prepare the worksite with a modification kit and another to install the new panel.
The new experiments arriving at the orbiting laboratory will inspire future scientists and explorers, and provide valuable insight for researchers.
NASA Glenn Research Center studies: