SpaceX makes a 5,500-pound delivery to ISS

07 Mai, 2019, 00:59 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • SpaceX makes a 5,500-pound delivery to ISS

The uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft containing 5,500 pounds of supplies, hardware and materials, including more than 250 science and research investigations to take place on the ISS, was captured by the station's robotic arm at 4:01 a.m. PT Monday morning. This recycled Dragon which is making its second space trip is due to arrive at the orbiting lab on Monday.

My crew and I are proud to be part of this today, representing the dedicated teams of talented people who every day make the seemingly impossible a reality.

On Saturday a Falcon rocket raced into the pre-dawn darkness which is also the carrier of the 2,500 kilograms of goods, the Dragon capsule.

"The vehicle was destroyed", said Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability at SpaceX, during a Thursday press conference in advance of Saturday's CRS-17 flight with NASA.

The seeds will only stay there for a month, according to what the Canadian Space Agency said in a release, along with breath and blood samples for a Canadian health probe that wants to see what impact living in space has on the bone marrow of astronauts.

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Barely 24 hours before the launch, a test of the company's Crew Dragon capsule was also disrupted by an explosion, something SpaceX labelled "an anomaly". The spacecraft has a small space station emblem on its side indicating its previews flight in 2017.

The delivery is a few days late because of electrical power shortages that cropped up first at the space station, then at SpaceX's rocket-landing platform in the Atlantic.

The docking of the Dragon will bring the total of spacecraft now attached to the space station to six, along three other cargo ships and two meant for crew transport. The Dragon capsules are the only ones capable of coming back to Earth intact.

Besides one Canadian, the space station is home to three Americans and two Russians.

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