On Saturday, illuminating the pre-dawn skies, a Falcon 9 rocket fired into the orbit from Cape Canaveral just before 3 a.m. ET. The rocket along with a Dragon Cargo capsule has started its journey towards the International Space Station. Thus SpaceX has launched its mission to offer resupply to the orbiting lab after facing a series of delays. It is a routine task for SpaceX, but the current launch faced many obstacles. During its original scheduled time-frame, the mission postponed due to unusual defects on its way to the launch pad. Besides, a rare power issue took place aboard the International Space Station. SpaceX mission to resupply the ISS successfully launched on Saturday, 4th May instead of Tuesday, April 30.
After less than just nine minutes, the rockets first stage booster came down from the sky. It is the most significant part of the launch vehicle that offers initial thrust to the craft. After detaching the first-stage rocket booster directed itself back to an upright landing platform present in the ocean, a drone-ship. At the moment, the spacecraft is piloting through space by its own, without the rocket. Maybe on Sunday, it would dock with the ISS. A Dragon Cargo craft has a payload of 5,472 pounds, which consists of supplies, experiments, and provisions.
The payload is for the station, and crew members present there. Astronauts on the station will use a robotic arm to hold the Dragon spaceship. After that, it will be docked to a port present on the Harmony module. The spacecraft will remain on the module for a nearly one-month. It is the seventeenth resupply mission to the ISS. SpaceX secures billion-dollar NASA bids for twenty space station resupply flights in the upcoming year. The aerospace vehicle maker also holds a $2.6 billion NASA contract to develop and launch the Crew Dragon capsule. The American space agency intends to use it to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS.
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