The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft launched to the International Space Station and successfully docked to it. It will stay there for about a month. The spacecraft delivered 2,200 kilos of cargo to the station, including supplies for the crew, equipment, and materials for scientific experiments.
The spacecraft launched at 3:14 AM on August 29 from the Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket, also developed by SpaceX.
After separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 landed on the A Shortfall of Gravitas platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
As noted by NASA, the Dragon spacecraft delivered materials for a number of scientific experiments that will include:
- The testing of a robotic arm to help the crew;
- Studies of the influence of microgravity and cosmic radiation on the growth of bone tissue and arthritis in astronauts;
- Checking a device that will capture images of the retina of astronauts to document the progress of their vision problems, etc.
This is not the first successful flight of the updated cargo version of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. Unlike the Dragon Crew, which can accommodate up to seven crew members or four people and cargo, the updated version has twice as many lockers for storing scientific and research samples.