Saturday, March 7, booster Falcon 9 with a cargo spacecraft launched Dragon Cargo to the International space station (ISS). This is reported on the website NASA.
20-th launch of “truck” Cargo Dragon to the ISS under a commercial contract between NASA and SpaceX company is planned to be the 40th launch complex at the air force base at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
This will be the third flight of this reusable “truck” for the ISS. According to the company SpaceX, the ship had already twice visited the space in February 2017 and December 2018.
It needs to deliver to the ISS more than two tons of food, equipment and materials to carry out dozens of scientific experiments the crew of the station.
Among other things, the ship in the unpressurized compartment will deliver to the ISS platform Bartolomeo European space Agency. The platform will be installed on the European Columbus module on the outside of the station.
It is equipped with 12 compartments of a payload to embed a commercial research equipment. Europlatform will allow public and private organizations to quickly and cost-effectively conduct research in space. Live loads will not require service members of the ISS crew.
Two minutes after the start of the American carrier rocket Falcon 9 should be separated reusable first stage, which is supposed to be, then make a controlled landing at the spaceport at Cape Canaveral. It has already been used during the launch in December 2019.
Currently, Dragon is the only Cargo spacecraft to supply the ISS that can return cargo to Earth.
Joining the “truck” with the ISS is scheduled for March 9. It will be implemented by taking the “truck” a 17-metre automatic robotic arm Canadarm-2 µs and then attach it to the U.S. segment of the space station module Harmony. “Catch” the ship will be American astronaut Jessica Meir. And the process of its direct docking with the station will be carried out by commands from the mission control Center of NASA in Houston.
Cargo Dragon will be in the ISS for about four weeks. It will then be de-orbited, and its reentry capsule will crash in the Pacific ocean near California. The ship will bring to Earth the results of experiments conducted by the ISS crew in orbit, weighing more than 1.8 tons.