SpaceX’s Dragon Lifted off from Cape Canaveral On Saturday to Resupply ISS

SpaceX’s Dragon Lifted off from Cape Canaveral On Saturday to Resupply ISS


On Saturday, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spaceship launched successfully atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. Probably the spacecraft will arrive at the International Space Station on Monday morning. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon Capsule with 5,500 pounds of goods is slowly reducing NASA’s reliance on the Russian Soyuz resupply vehicle. SpaceX’s Dragon will spend about four weeks docked to the orbiting lab. While way back to Earth, the spacecraft will carry more than 4,200 pounds of goods. It would mostly consist of research material, crew supplies, and hardware. As per CNN, NASA decided to launch the craft last week. But the launch delayed due to problems along with a power failure at the ISS.

SpaceX delayed launch after determining its independent electrical issue with its drone-ship. A problem took place in a landing platform for rocket boosters, which enables re-use of boosters. The company replaced instruments to solve both problems. Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s vice president, said the Dragon lies on its way. He noted the orbiter is great and its right on the money. Hans described at the test stand they ignited Dragon, and it started as expected. The company completed tests with the Draco thrusters, one of the tiny thrusters also used on the cargo Dragon. It is the second space trip of the recycled Dragon spaceship made up from an earlier flight. The Dragon spacecraft used was previously used on the CRS-12 mission back in August 2017.

The launch event occurred smoothly. Around eight minutes after launch, the first stage of the rocket landed on Of Course I Still Love You. After completing two-stage engine burns, the Dragon spacecraft had entered in the proper orbit. The spaceship deployed its solar panels and moved forward towards the ISS. In the end, the drone-ship performed well by collecting SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket when it fell down to Earth.

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