SpaceX successfully launches space station resupply mission

Their RemoveDEBRIS technology demonstrator is hitching a ride aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS), where it will hunt space debris using a harpoon and net.

Watch views of the Falcon 9 rocket's fiery liftoff Monday at Cape Canaveral from multiple angles as the slender, kerosene-fueled launcher climbed into space on the way to the International Space Station.

SpaceX sent another Dragon spaceship into space on Monday afternoon.

"Dragon will be filled with about 5,800 pounds of supplies, payloads and vehicle hardware, including critical materials to directly support science and research investigations that will occur onboard the orbiting laboratory", SpaceX said in a press release detailing the mission and the project timeline of events.

The cargo ship is due to dock at the space station on Wednesday morning and will remain in orbit for almost a month before returning to earth. Expedition 55/56 crewmembers will therefore have about a month to unload and repack the Dragon before its scheduled departure. "They believe there's something in the electrical system, some kind of short", he said.

"Our investigators believe they were coming from the space center because of the Global Positioning System and it appears they were trying to get their location back to where they were going and for some reason made a U-turn", Police Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson told FOX35 Orlando. The repaired Robonaut would then be launched back to the ISS, likely next year.

The CRS-14 mission is scheduled to launch at 1:30 p.m. "That way, our engineers can collect additional data not only during reentry but for the landing that will be useful for the future".

SpaceX hopes to debut a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket, known as Block V, sometime soon. Presumably related to this thrust upgrade, SpaceX recently announced that they would attempt an exceptionally hot booster recovery following the launch of the 6100 kg Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite, an intent that was confirmed by the presence of titanium grid fins.

"What's neat about this is that it's becoming the norm", Jensen said. Reusability is really important for the future of space flight, it's the only way we're going to get thousands of people to space to. make life multi-planetary.

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