SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Heads to ISS With Cargo After Successful Launch

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Heads to ISS With Cargo After Successful Launch

A load of supplies has been launched by SpaceX on Saturday to the International Space Station after it suffered from a pair of unusual power delays, and when it arrives, a Canadian astronaut will be waiting to snatch it.

It was David Saint-Jacques' very first "space catch".

"Welcome on board, Dragon", Saint-Jacques radioed. Speaking in both English and French, he congratulated ground teams for their help and said he's proud every time the station's 58-foot (18-meter) Canadian robot arm is used in orbit.

Mr Koenigsmann, a SpaceX vice president who left his launch control seat to run outside and watch, said: "That looked really, really cool in the night sky".

On early Saturday a Falcon rocket blasted off from Florida, and it was carrying a Dragon capsule in which there were 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of goods. They will be given to students whose mission will be to grow them as part of the Tomatosphere educational project.

These seeds will be sent back to Earth with the capsule in one month.

The capsule is also expected to bring back blood and air samples for a Canadian study on changes in astronauts' bone marrow in space.

The shipment is a bit late due to some electrical power issues that occurred first at the space station, and then at the SpaceX rocket-landing site in the Atlantic ocean, just seconds before the monumental take-off.

Barely 24 hours before the launch, a test of the company's Crew Dragon capsule was also disrupted by an explosion, something SpaceX labelled "an anomaly". The others include Northrop Grumman's Cygnus cargo craft that launched in April from Virginia, two Russian Soyuz capsules and two Russian Progress cargo capsules.

With the Dragon safely in hand, flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston planned to take over, operating the Canadian-built space crane by remote control to pull the Dragon in for berthing at the Earth-facing port of the station's forward Harmony module.

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