In two days, Cargo Dragon will dock with the ISS and deliver more than two tons of food, equipment, and materials to the station for scientific experiments.
In the United States, the Falcon 9 launch vehicle on Saturday, March 7, launched into earth orbit cargo spacecraft Cargo Dragon American company SpaceX. This is reported by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Crew Dragon separated from the second stage of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, starting an independent flight. Then it opened solar panels, which began to supply the ship with energy.
In two days, on March 9, Cargo Dragon will have to dock with the International Space Station (ISS).
Main engine cutoff and stage separation confirmed pic.twitter.com/RXgeivpw6z
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 7, 2020
This is the 20th launch of cargo dragon to the ISS as part of a commercial contract between NASA and SpaceX was carried out from 40 launch complex space at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida on Friday at 23:50 U.S. East Coast time.
This is the third flight of this reusable “truck” to the ICC. According to SpaceX, the spacecraft has already been in space twice – in February 2017 and December 2018.
It is to deliver more than two tons of food to the ISS, as well as equipment and materials for dozens of scientific experiments by the station’s crew.
Among other things, the ship in a leaky compartment will deliver to the ISS platform Bartolomeo of the European Space Agency. The platform will be installed on the European Columbus module on the outside of the station. It is equipped with 12 payload compartments to accommodate commercial research equipment. The Euro platform will allow public and private organizations to conduct research in space quickly and cost-effectively. Useful cargoes will not require maintenance by ISS crew members.
Currently, Cargo Dragon is the only spacecraft to supply the ISS, which is able to return cargo to Earth.