Commercial cargo provider of NASA, SpaceX launch a used Dragon Cargo Ship to Space Station on early Friday, 29 June. According to the US space agency, this launch was it’s 15th Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS-15) to International Space Station (ISS) and lifted at 5:42 a.m. EDT (0942 GMT), from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
If we see launch manifest of SpaceX, we will find that it has credit for launching/introducing innovations. Falcon Heavy Test launch on 7th Feb’ 2018 and world first re-flight of an orbital class rocket on 30th March 2018, were some of its great achievements.
It’s launch of SES-12 satellite to GTO (Geostationary Transfer Orbit) on 4th of June this year was considered as a successful launch. The list is not limited to this only. The SpaceX launch complex, the place who is the witness to all its liftoffs includes a successful introduction of a couple of more innovation and experiment this year and they are IRIDIUM-6 & GRACE-FO on 22nd of May, on the other hand, BANGABANDHU SATELLITE-1 on 11th of may was blasted from SpaceX launch complex 39A.
Facts behind the SpaceX launch
The Dragon spacecraft, loads with more than 5,900 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplier. More than half of the payload is scientific materials to support, science and research investigations that will occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.
One from the research equipment is NASA’s Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) instrument which measures the temperature of Earth’s vegetation. It will also help in monitoring urban heat waves, volcanic activity and wildfires.
According to the SpaceX, Dragon spacecraft is expected to reach ISS (International Space Station) in the early morning of July 2nd and then, ISS crew members will attach it to the orbiting laboratory.
Both Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-15 mission are flight-proven (used in previous successful missions). Dragon will return to Earth after a one-month stay at the ISS. SpaceX will not attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage after launch.
The liftoff was successfully headed by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold. NASA astronaut Drew Feustel will supervise the Canadarm2 robotic arm for Dragon’s capture. While on the other hand, another NASA astronaut Serena Aunon will monitor the whole system of spacecraft.
According to the reports, once the Dragon is attached to ISS, the ground command will take over the control. The station’s arms will be controlled from mission control in Houston. They will start rotation and installation of the Spacecraft on the bottom of the station’s Harmony module.
Everyone is very excited for this launch and we hope that this launch will splash the ground of experiments and innovation and set its mark again.