Watch SpaceX launch a used Falcon 9 rocket to resupply the ISS

Posted April 04, 2018

Shortly after the Falcon 9 launches, the Dragon capsule will detach itself and head toward the ISS, where it will be captured by the station's robotic arm and spend a month in space. SpaceX has launched 14 cargo missions to the station and partner Orbital ATK has launched seven.

The Dragon capsule was previously used on the CRS-8 mission to the International Space Station in April 2016.

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SpaceX will not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch.

The Falcon 9, a previously flown cargo vessel loaded with over two and a half tons of equipment and supplies, shot into space for its second two-day flight to the ISS from Cape Canaveral, CBS News reported.

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The private company's Falcon 9 rocket fitted with a Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral in the southern USA state of Florida on Monday at 4:30 p.m. local time (2030 UTC), as part of a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS). "This one seemed like a really good opportunity to fly a trajectory a little bit out more towards the limits". "And that way, our engineers can collect additional data, not only during reentry but during landing that will be useful for the future". Kanai and Tingle will capture the Dragon at approximately 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) Wednesday, if all goes according to plan. In the statement released Thursday, the FCC said it was the first approval of "a US -licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of Low Earth Orbit satellite technologies". A variant of the Dragon spacecraft, called Crew Dragon, is being developed for US - based crew transport to and from the space station.

A few minutes after takeoff, the first stage engines cut off, having carried Dragon out of the Earth's atmosphere.

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Edible plants growing aboard the ISS will also receive an upgrade with the new Veggie PONDS experiment, which "uses a newly developed passive nutrient delivery system ... to cultivate lettuce and mizuna greens, which are to be harvested on-orbit, and consumed, with samples returned to Earth for analysis", according to the Veggie PONDS experiment description.