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SpaceX sends Dragon to ISS but makes unplanned water landing

08 December 2018, 01:40 | Edward Lowe

SpaceX sends Dragon to ISS but makes unplanned water landing

SpaceX в третий раз запустила ракету Falcon 9

The Falcon 9 launched its Dragon spacecraft at 1:16 p.m. EST (1816 GMT) from the CCAFS and will catch up with the space station over the next few days before astronauts grapple it with the station's robotic arm on Saturday (Dec. 8).

Today's SpaceX launch will use a new Block 5 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. Musk added that the Falcon 9 appears to be undamaged and is transmitting data.

SpaceX в третий раз запустила ракету Falcon 9
SpaceX sends Dragon to ISS but makes unplanned water landing

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has made reusability a major goal. Musk noted via Twitter. In the background, viewers could still hear the team on-console making callouts as the rocket's landing burn started, culminating in a call for the landing team to "move to contingency procedure [s]", the only SpaceX affirmation that something went wrong. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he wrote.

Altogether, the company has recovered 32 boosters following liftoff - 33 once this one is towed back, said Hans Koenigsmann, a SpaceX vice-president. Because rockets can be reused, SpaceX launches are cheaper and have boosted interest in space-based systems by a great factor.

"Public safety was well protected here", he told reporters. (2,500 kilograms) of supplies to the space station's six-person crew.

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Besides smoked turkey breast and all the other fixings for Christmas dinner, the delivery includes 40 mice and 36,000 worms for ageing and muscle studies. There will be plenty of room on board for all the tiny nematodes.

The launch was delayed one day after mold was discovered on food bars meant for rodents included in one of the experiments aboard the flight.

Most recently, a Falcon 9 that launched from California included a booster with two previous launches under its belt.

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Watch on NASA TV below, or at NASA's website, or via SpaceX's own webcast. It's the first time that's happened since the groundbreaking launch of the company's Falcon Heavy spacecraft in February.

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