The Dragon capsule, carried by a Falcon rocket, has on board about 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of supplies and is scheduled to anchor at the space station on Monday.
On Saturday, the launch took place and successfully concluded with the landing of the booster.
It's the second station visit for this recycled Dragon, which was launched by SpaceX on Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Dragon spacecraft will spend about four weeks attached to the space station, returning to Earth with more than 4,200 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplies.
Earlier on Monday, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques used the station's robotic arm, or Canadarm2, to capture the craft and line it up with the docking hatch. Both problems were quickly resolved.Читайте также: USA begins return of $200 million in 1MDB funds to Malaysia
Minutes after liftoff, SpaceX landed its brand new, first-stage booster on the ocean platform roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) off the coast, considerably closer than usual with the sonic booms easily heard at the launch site. It was the first time a launch like this was nixed by rocket-landing concerns. He said, 'Just prior to when we wanted to fire the SuperDraco, there was an anomaly, and the vehicle was destroyed.
Saint-Jacques later told Canadian schoolchildren it was "a big moment of pride" to grab the Dragon using the station's 58-foot (18-meter) robot arm - Canada's main contribution to the space station.
The brand new booster will probably get to be used again for SpaceX's next mission on a supply run, and this is the reason why the company and NASA postponed the Friday's launch at the very last minute: to fix the recovery transport and work in full power for the landing procedure.
Koenigsmann said earlier this week the company still does not know what caused the empty capsule to burst apart in flames on a test stand. SpaceX and Boeing Co. have contracts with NASA to ferry American astronauts to the space station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew program.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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