In addition to 2,300 kilograms of cargo, the CRS-18 Dragon spacecraft carried the Internal Docking Adapter-3.
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft successfully launched on Thursday evening, carrying about 5,000 pounds of experiments and supplies for the International Space Station. Despite a bleak forecast, SpaceX proceeded with the loading of kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, with the countdown ticking towards a planned liftoff at 6:24:30 p.m. EDT (2224:30 GMT). Tucked within the Dragon's trunk - the unpressurized cylindrical structure that rides on the back of the capsule during flight - is a new dock for the ISS. It's the 18th delivery mission that firmly held Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has performed for NASA to resupply the orbiting lab. NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who is on board the space station, is set to retrieve the spacecraft during the docking maneuver.
After launch, SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 at its Cape Canaveral landing zone. The Falcon 9 rocket that will boost the capsule into space was used previously in May, also for a space station supply mission. With the successful launch of CRS-18, SpaceX is very near the completion of its first contract with NASA that was for up to 20 missions. SpaceX's current cargo capsules have to be grabbed by the station's robotic arm and then placed onto the ISS.
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The launch from Cape Canaveral had been scheduled for 3:24 p.m. California time Wednesday, but cloudy conditions never relented, forcing a one- day delay.
SpaceX and NASA originally scheduled the launch for July 21, but delayed the launch by three days when the company pushed back a standard pre-launch static-fire test from July 16 to July 19.
"The company's (Elon Musk's SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft will deliver supplies and critical materials to directly support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 60 and beyond", the US space agency writes on its website.