SpaceX launches 14th Space Station resupply mission

On Monday afternoon, SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket that has launched before to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.

So far, the company has launched 10 pre-flown Falcon 9 boosters on orbital missions, Jessica Jensen, SpaceX's Dragon mission manager, said in a prelaunch news conference yesterday (April 1).

The capsule will be transporting NASA's old Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot in need of repairs, which the space agency hopes to fix before relaunching back to the station.

Three days after a successful launch from California, SpaceX engineers readied another Falcon 9 rocket for takeoff Monday from Cape Canaveral to boost almost three tons of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.

The Dragon spacecraft is carrying supplies destined for the International Space Station.

As the spacecraft approaches the ISS, Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai and NASA astronaut Scott Tingle will use the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to grapple the spacecraft and tug it to the Harmony module, NASA officials said in a statement.

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The company just launched another Falcon 9, which is traveling to the International Space Station in partnership with NASA.

Police said the Global Positioning System was instructing a "U-turn" at the intersection "most likely because of an earlier crash with road blockage on SR 407 - which was the original Global Positioning System route from the Space Center for their trip back to Davenport".

The spacecraft also carried cargo for testing effects of the harsh space environment on materials, coatings and components; identifying potential pathogens aboard the station and investigating an antibiotic-releasing wound patch.

NASA mimicked atmospheric conditions to grow these tomatoes under LEDs rather than natural sunlight. There's also the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) which helps researchers better understand and observe thunderstorms and upper-atmospheric lightning from the ISS. These projects range from a test bed for growing plants to the new Veggie PONDS experiment for passive nutrient delivery.

"This investigation determines the feasibility of developing improved pharmaceuticals in microgravity using a new method to test the metabolic impacts of drug compounds", NASA said in an update.

  • Toni Ryan