SapceX is back with a bang of action and successfully blasted off a SpaceX Falcon rocket from Kennedy Space Centre’s Launch Complex 39A. The rocket carries a ton load of general supplies for the International Space Station.
Almost half a century ago, astronauts flew to the moon from this very historic spot and the pad was used for NASA’s final shuttle mission about six years ago.
It was the first SpaceX launch from Florida ever since a Falcon 9 exploded on the launch pad itself on 1st September, 2016.
The viewers at Kennedy Space Centre in great eagerness witnessed when the unmanned Falcon 9 rocket leaped with a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station. They hardly got ten seconds of witnessing the rocket before the clouds gulped the Falcon as it roared skyward.
Post a suspension for almost 24 hours earlier due to concerns pertaining to the rocket, the Sunday’s launch went flawlessly.
By going a mile extra, and providing a treat for the spectators, SpaceX focuses on landing the booster rocket back at Cape Canaveral after the liftoff. This kind of recycling feat has been successfully accomplished only twice before.
SpaceX is leasing out the launch pad from NASA for 20 years. Also, the company looks forward to launch U.S. astronauts from there next year.
The attempt to launch the rocket on Saturday was scampered.
Early morning on Sunday, SpaceX hoisted a spacecraft, which is named the Dragon, toward the International Space Station, and the initial stage of the Falcon 9 got back to the Earth without any problems.
This method has been attempted in the past, SpaceX is trying to get the technique in order to reuse its rockets and cut the overall cost of the mission.
The explosion at Cape Canareval that happened last year September did not injure anyone, however it managed to destroy a satellite which Facebook had planned to use to get internet service to Europe, Middle East and Africa. Furthermore, SpaceX launched a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 14.
Established and incorporated in the mid 1960s for the huge Saturn V moon rockets, Launch Complex 39A has in all seen 95 launches. Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buss Aldrin, all three from the Apollo 11 left Earth from this Launch pad on 16th July, 1969, on the first ever moon-landing mission. Also, pilots of the first space shuttle, Robert Crippen and John Young, soared upwards from here on 12th April, 1981. On July 8 2011, in a Grand shuttle finale, Atlantis departed from this very space station.
The aircraft Dragon is loaded with more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and experiments. According to NASA, it will take 48 hours for the Dragon to catch up to the space station. Its arrival will be captured by the station’s 57 foot long bionic arm by the astronauts on board.