NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

by Susie Olson August 17, 2017, 10:32
NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

Dragon spacecraft will deliver to the space station drinking water, food, scientific instruments and a supercomputer.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up following a two-day flight from Cape Canaveral.

Webber added the service branch will perform a series of functional checks on the satellite once deployed from the space station. Dragon is to stay approximately one month in the orbiting laboratory and head back to Earth carrying 3,000 pounds of cargo from the ISS.

The Dragon is packed with 2,900 kilogrammes of supplies, including a sophisticated super-computer made by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), called The Spaceborne Computer. Minutes later the first stage of the rocket landed without a fuss near the launch pad, Elon Musk's space launch company is taking rocket science, a synonym for something hard, and making it look easy.

Dragon is scheduled to arrive at the ISS on Wednesday morning and be grappled by ISS astronauts using the robotic Canadarm2 at 7:00 am ET.

The mission, CRS-12, is SpaceX's twelfth resupply mission to the International Space Station. In other words, SpaceX has recovered the first stage during nearly 40% of all 38 Falcon 9 launches over the last 5 years.

About 10 minutes in, the Dragon capsule detached from the rocket's second stage to head toward ISS.

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SpaceX is also rebounding from a rough 2016 after a rocket explosion during a routine pre-launch test forced the company to stand down from launching for months.

Despite the relatively high favorability rating, the forecast, provided by the U.S. Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron, indicates the rocket may have to launch through rain.

Experiments make up most of the 6,400 pounds of cargo.

Packed inside the Dragon are nearly 6,500 pounds of crew supplies, including food, new underwear and toilet paper, (the necessities of living 250 miles above Earth) plus hardware for the International Space Station.

But the next generation of "smart" spacecraft will need better computers because the lag time between earth and the spacecraft is going to get longer.

Julie Robinson, the chief scientist for NASA's space station program, said that if this supercomputer can function in the harsh conditions of space, it will be very exciting news for companies down here on earth. NASA TV will begin live coverage of Dragon's arrival at 5:30 a.m.


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