After several attempts, SpaceX finally launches a Dragon Spacecraft
SpaceX has successfully launched its fifth launch of the year, a cargo mission for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS), after being delayed by a few days due to a couple of issues.
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 2.48 A.M. Eastern time, Friday, May 4th 2019. On board was an unmanned Cargo Dragon spacecraft carrying 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of supplies for the astronauts on the ISS as part of the CRS-17 mission.
Kenny Todd, ISS Operations and Integration manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, said, “If you have to be up, I can’t think of a better reason than to see one of these launches — it was absolutely spectacular.” He further added, “We’re really excited to get Dragon on board in a couple of days.”
The launch had originally been scheduled to take place earlier but due to an electrical problem on the ISS caused the mission to be pushed back while the problem was resolved. The spacecraft is set to arrive at ISS in the early morning of May 6th 2019. On April 20, an glitch occurred during a testing of the Crew Dragon’s abort engines at a landing zone of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. However, SpaceX had not clarified whether the capsule, launched successfully into space in an unmanned mission in March, was destroyed or not, until Thursday.
“We had a beautiful launch today; it was really great,” Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s Vice President of Mission Assurance, added at the press conference. “Dragon is on the way, the orbiter is great — it’s right on the money.”