Garmaine Staff asked 2 years ago

If there was an urgent need to launch a rocket to the ISS, how long would it take to have a rocket ready to launch?

I am trying to understand what factors take up the time to prepare for a rocket launch.

Updated:

Here are some clarifications to limit scope. I am curious how long it takes to prep an emergency launch from a rocketry perspective.

  • Assume there was an urgent need to deliver a small, lightweight package with something vital such as medicine or a replacement circuit board that is available.

  • Assume we CAN use an existing rocket.

  • Assume the rocket is NOT sitting ready on a launchpad.

  • Assume travel to the ISS is within the capabilities of the rocket.