Everything you need to know about the upcoming space launch

By Jeff Ayers — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

JUNE 29, 2018

The time is almost here. We recently announced that our coffee is about to head to the International Space Station on a SpaceX rocket. If you didn't hear about all the details that led to this amazing opportunity, check out all things Death Wish Coffee and space. As the launch date of June 29 quickly approaches, I wanted to take some time to break down the specifics of the launch date, what's on the rocket, and how you can watch the launch along with us.

I am going to be in attendance for the launch, courtesy of NASA's Social Media Event, and will be covering everything I can from the various social media accounts from Death Wish Coffee. I hope to do some Facebook and Instagram LIVE broadcasts, as well as lots of pictures and videos that will hopefully all be used in a special episode of Fueled By Death Cast.

Here is a quick list of everywhere you can follow this exciting launch to space:

  • NASA Website with NASA Live - starting at 11 AM EDT June 28th with Science Briefing from Kennedy Space Center - this will also broadcast the launch live starting at 5 AM EDT on June 29th
  • NASA YouTube
  • SPACEX Youtube

Let's find out what exactly is going to be on this rocket to the International Space Station (ISS). Obviously, it will contain freeze-dried packets of Death Wish Coffee to help fuel the astronauts of Expedition 56 who are already living on the ISS.


The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket will launch with the Dragon Capsule containing all the science experiments, care packages, and supplies on Friday, June 29 at 5:42 AM EDT. Live coverage from NASA will start on Thursday, June 28th directly from NASA website. 

The rocket will take 10 minutes to reach orbit, and then the Dragon Capsule will deploy its solar arrays and begin its series of thruster firings to put it at the ISS on Monday July 2. 

Besides coffee, there are a bunch of cool science experiments headed up there as well, including:

Mobile Companion:

CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) is a mobile and autonomous system designed to aid and assist astronauts with their everyday tasks and create a feeling of talking to a crew mate. Its first tasks with German Astronaut Alexander Gerst will include a complex medical experiment and work with crystals and a Rubik's Cube.


ECOSTRESS will measure the temperature of plants in space as they release and retain water, to better understand the limits of growing plants in space and their stress levels.

Canadarm2 LEE Robotic Arm:

The LEE or Latching End Effector will be attached to the ISS to replace its faulty counterpart that was removed in 2017. This robotic arm allows the astronauts to grapple payloads and visiting spacecraft to the ISS.

It is really exciting to know that Death Wish Coffee will be fueling the astronauts as they perform these and other incredible science experiments during their time on the ISS.

Make sure you follow all the social media connected to the launch:

Plus, if you post about the launch, make sure to use the hashtags #NASA, #SpaceX, #NASASocial, #Dragon, and of course, #deathwishcoffee.

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