SpaceX shipment reaches space station after weekend launch

SpaceX shipment reaches space station after weekend launch

SpaceX shipment reaches space station after weekend launch

Dragon which is making its second flight to space is a recycled spacecraft, and its arrival is due at the orbiting lab early Monday.

After several attempts earlier, SpaceX on Saturday successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft for its 17th resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

It was David Saint-Jacques' very first "space catch". Speaking in both English and French, he congratulated ground teams for their help and said he's proud every time the station's 18-metre (58-foot) Canadian robot arm is used in orbit.

"Well done, well captured".

SpaceX had its first successful Dragon mission back in March when it delivered 400 pounds of supplies and equipment.

The vice president of mission assurance for SpaceX, Hans Koenigsmann said during a press briefing that the Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed during a test last month where it exploded only weeks before it was scheduled to take NASA astronauts to the ISS.

After docking, the Dragon capsule will reveal its contents, which includes tools for examining the atmospheric carbon cycle, an experiment to study the use of microalgae as air recyclers on the ISS and a tool for studying regolith, the debris usually found on the surface of asteroids and moons. The spacecraft has a small space station emblem on its side indicating its previews flight in 2017.

Because the space station suffered some power shortages, the delivery needed to be delayed for a few days and then at the rocket-landing platform in the Atlantic. The Dragon capsules are the only ones capable of coming back to Earth intact. SpaceX and Boeing Co. have contracts with NASA to ferry American astronauts to the space station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew program.

The docking of the Dragon will bring the total of spacecraft now attached to the space station to six, along three other cargo ships and two meant for crew transport.

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