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SpaceX launches Dragon resupply mission to the ISS, recovers booster successfully

SpaceX launches Dragon resupply mission to the ISS, recovers booster successfully

SpaceX launched an unmanned cargo mission to deliver supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said, Trendreports citingSputnik. The Dragon 9 officially lifted off at 6:10 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 25. SpaceX and its Crew Dragon vehicle is part of that program, which aims to once again launch astronauts to space from U.S. soil.

As with all SpaceX launches, the live stream will feature video of the launch as it happens as well as commentary from SpaceX staffers and additional details about the mission as it plays out.

The Dragon spacecraft is rated for three flights to and from orbit, with refurbishment and testing between missions.

The CRS-18 mission was chosen to test out the new addition to Falcon 9 because SpaceX has carried out second-stage burn tests on earlier CRS missions and has a good baseline to compare the new modification to.

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NASA congratulated SpaceX for a "picture-perfect" launch after liftoff was first delayed from Wednesday, July 24, by poor weather. "However, SpaceX and NASA are monitoring the weather closely as they continue to work toward a 6:01 p.m. launch".

SpaceX's launches for NASA have now become somewhat routine, yet the payload on its most recent mission to the International Space Station is definitely not. The spacecraft will remain at the space station until mid-August, which is when it will return to Earth with "research and return cargo".

Dragon is also outfitted with four ceramic heat shield tiles that are being tested for use on the Starship, SpaceX's next-gen spacecraft now under development. "The cargo Dragon 2 capsule does not have the SuperDraco high-flow abort system", she said.

It's been reported that the launch was supposed to include 5,500 more experiments and supplies for the six astronauts aboard the ISS. "It's an important piece of hardware for the future of ISS, as it sets the stage for how we are going to operate with Commercial Crew vehicles and our partners in the future". "Anywhere where we could possibly make the subsystems the same, we did", she said.