Lift-off will be from Kennedy Space Center's historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral - the same launch pad used by the Apollo program for its lunar missions. For this launch, it will be filled with nearly 6,000 pounds of crew supplies, hardware and science research, including equipment to study neutron stars.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is all loaded up and ready to fly Thursday for the CRS-11 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The new solar panels called Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) which are lighter and stores more compactly for launch than the rigid solar panels now in use will also be sent to ISS.
The 20-foot high, 12-foot across Dragon capsule is stuffed with almost 6,000 pounds of supplies and equipment.
If all goes well, Dragon will join a small group of vehicles that have orbited the Earth multiple times - the most notable of which was NASA's Space Shuttle. The milestone comes just two months after the launch of its first reused rocket booster.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has long touted the importance and benefits of reusing hardware to slash launch and space travel prices.
Last year, Benjamin Reed, director of commercial crew mission management at SpaceX revealed the mission in a presentation at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight.
The Falcon 9 rocket, built at the company's Hawthorne headquarters, has been rescheduled for launch at 2:07 p.m. PDT Saturday.
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SpaceX does not publicly say how much the Dragon spacecraft is worth.
Residents may wish to follow the company's launch webcast for real time information concerning Thursday's launch.
Tonight, SpaceX will also try to land the Falcon 9 after launch, the company's 15th landing attempt.
The weather looks somewhat iffy at this time with a 70% chance of favorable conditions at launch time according to Air Force meteorologists with the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base.
Above: Static test firing of a SpaceX rocket, May 28, 2017 at the Kennedy Space Center.
The flight will deliver investigations and facilities that study neutron stars, osteoporosis, solar panels, tools for Earth-observation, and more. Landing Zone 1 is built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a U.S. Air Force rocket and missile testing range.