NASA praises 'great launch' as Falcon 9 blasts off to Space Station

Pablo Tucker
July 27, 2019

Yesterday, on July 26, the private company SpaceX, successfully launched the 18th mission for NASA and delivered nearly 2,300 kg of cargo to the International Space Station.

The Dragon spacecraft, riding on top of the rocket, is headed to deliver supplies, science equipment and a new docking mechanism that will be used for spacecraft carrying people.

Taking to the skies at 6:01 p.m. EDT (22:01 UTC) Thursday July 25, 2019, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40, the Block 5 Falcon 9 raced skyward into the black after a 24-hour delay caused by bad weather.

Minutes after today's liftoff, the first-stage booster dropped away and flew itself back to SpaceX's Landing Zone 1, not far from the Florida launch pad.

The American private company SpaceX has successfully launched that night from the Cape Canaveral base, the Falcon-9 rocket with the Dragon ship.

This is SpaceX's 18th cargo flight to the space station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract.

Specht also touched on the unfortunate news of Apollo 11's first flight director, Chris Kraft passing away at the age of 95.

A space capsule carrying a 3D printer to make human tissue is on its way to the International Space Station after a thunderous SpaceX launch. If you enjoy our coverage and are able, consider supporting us on Patreon to help in our efforts to to bring you fantastic content about the space industry! "The cargo Dragon 2 capsule does not have the SuperDraco high-flow abort system", she said.

The previous resupply missions were CRS-6 and CRS-13 in April 2015 and December 2017, respectively. "We won't interchange between cargo and crew vehicles".

"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 USA space agency writes on its website. Once within reach, NASA astronaut Nick Hague will use the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to capture the spacecraft and install it to the nadir port on the bottom of the station's Harmony module.

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