California-based aerospace manufacturing company SpaceX added another milestone to its already successful space vehicle launching journey. For the first time, it blasted off a reused booster carrying an already flown Dragon capsule to the International Space station. And, as per the latest reports, the Dragon capsule carrying space station cargo has successfully been deployed on the ISS.
With the help of the space station’s big Robotic arm, the ISS crew members grabbed the Dragon capsule out of its orbit. The Dragon capsule docked perfectly with the ISS and at 13:26 GMT, a NASA commentator said, “Dragon installed.” A long process of joining sixteen bolts marked the successful attachment of the dragon spaceship with the space station’s robotic arm. The cargo ship contains nearly 4,800 pounds of scientific supplies, crew supplies, space station equipment and some Christmas presents for the crew members. The cargo also includes lab mice, and some barley seeds to carry out Budweiser experiment. The astronauts want to know how well the barley seeds sprout in weightlessness.
NASA astronaut Joe Acaba said, “It’s a beautiful spacecraft, and we’re looking forward to digging into it and getting some science on board.” On Friday, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule lifted off from US Air Force’s Cape Canaveral station in Florida at 10:36 local time. Three minutes after the launch, the booster got detached from the end stage of the rocket. After that, the booster was successfully re-landed upright n solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida. And the 2nd stage booster continued to propel the Dragon spaceship toward the ISS.
With this launch, SpaceX created history as it was for the first time that the company flew used the rocket for a NASA resupply mission. Earlier in June 2017, that particular rocket was used for resupply to the space station. Another milestone is, for the first time, a recycled Falcon 9 rocket and a Recycled Dragon capsule flew together.
The Dragon Capsule arrived on the space station for the second time. In 2015, this particular Dragon capsule was sent to the ISS. It’s a great day to see Dragon back at ISS again,” a NASA commentator said. Currently, the Dragon capsule, attached to the Space Station, is flying 250 miles above Earth over Pacific, between Australia and New Guinea. The Dragon capsule will remain at the ISS for almost one month and will return to Earth carrying 3,600 lb (1,632 kg) of cargo. Friday launch marked the 13th successful resupply mission of SpaceX for NASA. SpaceX has signed a contract with NASA to supply cargo to ISS through 20 resupply missions. Also, for the year 2017, it was for the 14th time that SpaceX successfully re-landed its first stage booster on Earth.