The 213-foot or 65-meter tall Falcon 9 rocket delivered the cargo capsule, loaded with more than 6,400 pounds (2,900 kilograms) of science experiments and tools to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, 14th August. SpaceX’s rocket – Falcon 9, carrying a myriad of science experiments, has successfully lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre on Monday.
Atop a column of polished exhaust, the Falcon 9 rocket, designed and developed by the American space company SpaceX, shut a commercial resupply craft – Dragon Capsule toward the buoyant lab – International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, at 12:31:37 p.m. EDT (1631:37 GMT). After thrust out, the rocket pitched toward the northeast to adapt to the orbit of the space station and snarled through strewn clouds before vanishing into a cobalt summertime sky.
Less than eight minutes after being launched from the Kennedy Space Centre, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, marking the success of the mission. After liftoff, the sonic booms echoed across the Space Coast as the 156-foot first-stage booster of the Falcon 9 landed on legs at the Landing Zone 1 of SpaceX, stationed on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The launch of the Falcon 9 was extremely significant for both SpaceX and NASA, as it was led with multitudes of science experiments including research projects for exploring the cosmic rays, the derivation of Parkinson’s disease, the usefulness of small satellites and also a tentative radiation-tolerant supercomputer – which is the very first supercomputer of ISS.
While launching, the Dragon Capsule was packed with over 6,400 pounds or 2,900 kilograms of supplies for NASA and some other space experimental organizations of the world. Bolted atop the Falcon 9 rocket, the Dragon capsule also carried a computer and camera gear, which are the components required for maintaining the life support system and medical equipment of the International Space Station (ISS). Moreover, it is also loaded with provisions for the six-person crew of the orbiting outpost, including fresh foods, clothing, and ice cream.
It was SpaceX’s 11th Falcon 9 flight of 2017, and the 39th Falcon 9 launch till date.