SpaceX launches research facilities to Int'l Space Station

James Marshall
December 8, 2019

The first trip took off back in September 2014, which was followed by CRS-11 in July 2017, and now the CRS-19 supplies.

SpaceX fans can view the entire launch here.

After calling off yesterday's launch due to high winds, the mission's Falcon rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 12:29 p.m. EDT.

The Progress is carrying about three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the space station, which now has six astronauts aboard.

This required the upper stage to be placed into a specific orbit via a longer burn of the first stage, meaning it did not have enough fuel to return to the coast.

Aboard the Dragon linked to the ISS will be about 5700 pounds of supplies, including the experimentation and research equipment to support scientific mission at the station and the astronauts on board. It will also carry Japan's Hyperspectral Image Suite, a next-generation hyperspectral Earth-imaging system, NASA said.

"The spacecraft's separation from the carrier rocket's third stage completed", the space agency announced.

Dubbed the Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS), this will be used to detect any leaks coming from the space station.

SpaceX has launched a Dragon spacecraft with greater than 2,585 kg of NASA cargo and science investigations, together with research of malting barley in microgravity, the unfold of fireside, and a bunch of 40 genetically enhanced "mighty mice" to check bone and muscle loss. This is the second time SpaceX has flown one of its Cargo Dragon capsules on three separate missions. However, clear blue skies have aided in the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX and NASA had considered the possibility of launching the test before the end of the year, but dates like this have a way of slipping past projections.

The Elon Musk-owned company is also preparing for a crucial launch-abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft in December.

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