Recycled capsule launched with supplies for International Space Station

Recycled capsule launched with supplies for International Space Station

The Dragon spacecraft is carrying supplies destined for the International Space Station. The mission's Falcon 9 first-stage rocket was previously used on the CRS-12 mission in August 2017.

But unlike previous CRS missions where SpaceX landed boosters back at Cape Canaveral, CRS-14 will not include a local recovery and instead focus on providing data as part of an expendable "demonstration mission".

Three days ago, in an effort to cover the Earth in powerful broadband internet, SpaceX blasted off 10 internet-providing satellites on a Falcon 9, a rocket created to transport cargo.

The private company's Falcon 9 rocket fitted with a Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral in the southern USA state of Florida on Monday at 4:30 p.m. local time (2030 UTC), as part of a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

"What's really neat about this is this is becoming the norm, and we like that".

SpaceX elected not to attempt to land the first stage.

Dragon will arrive at the orbiting outpost around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

After the capture, ground commands will be sent from mission control in Houston for the station's arm to rotate and install it on the bottom of the station's Harmony module, as per reports. It's expected to hit the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

The Dragon will remain at the ISS until May, when the Expedition 56 crew will ship it back to Earth.

The Dragon is scheduled to berth with the station early April 4 and remain at the station for a month.

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