Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on SpaceX's 14th station cargo mission

03 April, 2018, 06:30 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Elon Musk's Falcon 9's nose crashes, yet deployed 10 satellites successfully

The Dragon spacecraft, which is carrying food and supplies for the International Space Station, is scheduled to dock with the orbital outpost on Wednesday.

The rocket for this mission launched supplies to the International Space Station Aug. 14 and will not be recovered this time. The mission's Falcon 9 first-stage rocket was previously used on the CRS-12 mission in August 2017.

There is more than one way to watch the Falcon 9 lift off on Monday-both SpaceX and NASA are hosting feeds of the launch. A variant of the Dragon spacecraft, called Crew Dragon, is being developed for US - based crew transport to and from the space station. After the spacecraft has been captured, NASA TV will resume live coverage of its installation in the Harmony module at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT).

A few minutes after takeoff, the first stage engines cut off, having carried Dragon out of the Earth's atmosphere. And the charming Robonaut, a humanoid robot that can handle tools, will be brought back to Earth for repairs and return to the ISS later. (1,800 kg) of cargo, SpaceX officials said in a statement.

CRS contracts have revolutionized the way scientists conduct experiments aboard the ISS. It includes an Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor, which will come useful in observing severe thunderstorms and determining their role in the Earth's climate. The experiment, called the Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (Veggie PONDS), will test a machine that gives nutrients to lettuce and mizuna greens for harvest and consumption in orbit. You can read about more experiments on CRS-14 here.

SpaceX is kicking off the week by launching supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). In this case, B1039 would have been the best option if SpaceX had any desire to fly a booster more than twice before the introduction of the purpose-driven, next-generation Block 5 reusability upgrade - Block 4 was clearly not built to fly more than twice without an uneconomical amount of refurbishment.

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