Here’s how to watch SpaceX’s Dragon take off for the space station

08 December, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • NASA отложило запуск Dragon к МКС из-за плесени

Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. The mice and their habitat are loaded to the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft shortly before launch; because of possible contamination after finding mold on a small portion of the food bars, the launch crew also had to unload the rest of the bars, which had been loaded earlier deeper in the spacecraft, and get supplies to replace them. The extraordinary mission will ferry 2.5 tonnes of supplies to the the orbiting laboratory, including materials to support 250 experiments.

Although, the Falcon 9 landed in the ocean, it was still close enough to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for local residents to hear the double-sonic boom in nearby Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Thanks to reusable rockets and spacecraft SpaceX significantly reduces the cost of delivery into orbit. This launch is scheduled to be the 16 of 20 that SpaceX was contracted to do for NASA.

As with previous launches, the company began live-streaming the launch via webcast.

Today's launch was delayed by a day on short notice thanks to some moldy mouse chow.


The flurry of activity continued on Tuesday when an Ariane 5 rocket carried two large satellites to geostationary transfer orbit.

Friday will see two separate Chinese rocket launches. The rocket landing was not required for SpaceX's main mission: delivering 5,600 lbs.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base on December 3. When asked if the booster would be reused, Musk replied, "We may use it for an internal SpaceX mission".

And SpaceX has two more missions planned for 2018: a critical Global Positioning System flight for the Air Force from Cape Canaveral in Florida and another ferrying 10 commercial satellites. Expect a landing back at the Cape for the brand new booster.

Starting in March 2017, when SpaceX staff was finally able to get a practical concept of renewability in the use of their missiles, and many interesting and illustrative test runs was made - however, at first, the rocket company way or another passed through the stage of fix, modification and replacement of more parts after the next landing.

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