Friday, 19 October, 2018

SpaceX Launches Reused Falcon 9 and Dragon Capsule to Resupply ISS

SpaceX launch livestream ISS GETTYSpaceX launch The space company will deliver cargo to the International Space Station
Scott Davis | 19 December, 2017, 11:42

The payload is the Dragon spacecraft with 4,800 pounds of cargo including science research space station.

The Dragon cargo ship previously flew to the ISS in 2015. About eight minutes after launch, the Falcon 9's first stage will attempt to land at SpaceX's Landing Zone 1.

The launch was the first Dragon mission to use a previously-flown first stage, in this case one that first flew on a previous Dragon launch in June. Double sonic booms thundered across the area.

SpaceX has a test facility in McGregor.

A recycled SpaceX Dragon cargo ship approaches the International Space Station on December 17, 2017 to be captured by astronauts via a robotic arm.

The Dragon holds almost 5,000 pounds of station goods, including lab mice and barley seeds, the latter a Budweiser experiment.

"Quite an achievement", he said. But there's more to SpaceX than meets the eye.

The Falcon 9 will blast off from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.




"The reality is, the business of space is dominated by launch costs.so getting the costs down is important for everyone", Shireman said.

The first time NASA experimented with re-using a spacecraft was long before the Space Shuttle, way back in 1966. But managers waited until SpaceX had three rocket reflights under its belt, before putting NASA's station equipment and experiments on a secondhand Falcon.

Friday's booster recovery was the 20th for the company.

John Muratore, director of Complex 40, told reporters last week that the company spent about $50 million to fix and upgrade the launch pad, including new automated features to quicken turnaround time between launches and changes to the flame trench to enable longer rocket static fires.

In previous eras, rockets and spacecraft would fly once before being discarded after their first missions. The site has been out of commission since last September, after one of SpaceX's rockets exploded on the pad during a fueling procedure.

SpaceX has made major strides in its rocket reusability program this year, re-flying four recovered Falcon 9 first stages.

"This was a fantastic way to end the year for SpaceX East Coast launches", Jensen told reporters. Long-term, this will also service CEO Elon Musk's goals of reaching and colonizing Mars, and potentially parts of space beyond, as well. The Dragon should arrive at the orbiting outpost a few hours after the fresh crew launches from Kazakhstan.

SpaceX has two multibillion-dollar cargo delivery contracts with NASA for at least 26 logistics missions through 2024.

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