U.S. ‘Dragon’ spacecraft lifts off for space station ‘delivery’

U.S. Space Exploration Technology Co., Ltd. launched a Falcon 9 rocket on the 5th, the “Dragon” spacecraft into space, for the International Space Station “express” about 2.6 tons of supplies and scientific equipment. At 12:29 AM ET (1:29 p.m. Beijing time on the 6th), the Falcon 9 rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. About 10 minutes later, the Dragon spacecraft entered its intended orbit.

U.S. 'Dragon' spacecraft lifts off for space station 'delivery'

This is the 19th time Space Exploration Technologies has carried out a space station resupply mission for NASA. The reusable Dragon spacecraft carried out two station resupply missions in September 2014 and June 2017.

Among the cargo delivered to the space station by the Dragon spacecraft is a “robot hotel” – a robotic tool loading system, which will be installed by astronauts outside the space station in the future to protect some important robotic tools. According to NASA, the first “stay” was two devices used to detect gas leaks such as ammonia on the space station, and the “robot hotel” protected it from thermal radiation and small meteoroids, saving astronauts the time and cost of moving the equipment out of the space station each time. NASA says several other experimental devices were sent to the space station together.

U.S. 'Dragon' spacecraft lifts off for space station 'delivery'

5 mission, about 8 minutes after launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket in the Atlantic Ocean called “Of course I still love you” on the recovery ship successfully recovered. Jessica Jensen, director of mission management at Space Exploration Technologies, said earlier that the Falcon 9 rocket’s upper stage and dragon spacecraft will undergo an hour-long experiment to collect information such as arrow thermal data to verify its ability to carry out long missions and put payloads into higher orbit.

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