Christmas dinner is on its way to the International Space Station
09 December, 2018, 14:43 | Author: Emilio Conner
SpaceX was scheduled to launch the Falcon 9 carrying the supplies on Tuesday but delayed the launch until Wednesday. A Russian Progress freighter was launched from Kazakhstan on November 16 and a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship took off from Virginia the next day. In all, more than 5,600 pounds of cargo were crammed into the ship and are expected to safely reach the ISS hatch on Friday, December 7. If all goes well, the spacecraft will catch up with the station early Saturday morning.
SpaceX launched the holiday shipment Wednesday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was the company's first missed ground landing, although it has overshot floating barges plenty of times in the past, a tougher feat to pull off. Moreover, when the rocket successfully landed on the court - delivering the ongoing mission of the SSO-A SmallSat Express more than 60 satellites from 35 partners to orbit - SpaceX experts also noted that the missile does not require any lengthy and complicated fix work, thereby indicating that subsequent start will be made, apparently, without any visible technical changes.
European Space Agency's Alexander Gerst and NASA's Serena Aunon - who are already aboard the ISS - will use the space station's robotic arm to capture the Dragon when it arrives two days later. The private company expects to start launching station crews next year. Wednesday's launch was called CRS-16, because it is the sixteenth of twenty awarded by NASA to SpaceX. It marked the first time the same booster flew three separate missions.
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