Using a Falcon 9 launch vehicle, the American company SpaceX carried out the launch of the Dragon spacecraft, which is supposed to deliver various cargoes to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch took place from the site at Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 11:17 AM local time.
Approximately 9 minutes after the launch, the first stage of the launch vehicle performed an automatic landing on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft docking with the ISS was scheduled for December 7 at 1:30 EST. Dragon will spend about a month in orbit, and then it will return to Earth, delivering the results of scientific research and other cargo.
The updated version of the Dragon spacecraft is a modification of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which was used to deliver astronauts to the ISS as part of the Demo-2 missions in May and Crew-1 mission in November this year. Dragon can now carry 20% more payload on board than previous versions of the spacecraft. It will deliver scientific research equipment, food supplies, and equipment for NASA to the station.