SpaceX Succeeds In Delivering Cargo to ISS And Landing Falcon 9
SpaceX have restored themselves, after a former failed attempt of landing their Falcon 9 rocket booster, through a positive delivery to the space station and landing their reusable booster. As per Ars Technica, on this ride, the Falcon 9 touched down at the launch station in Florida, where it took off hours earlier instead of making a landing on a drone ship.
An international docking adaptor (IDA) was certainly the most important of the cargo that was set on a course to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s dragon spacecraft. By connecting with the ISS, the component will virtually let any craft to successfully dock and supply cargo to the station. The Falcon 9 booster successfully set the dragon spacecraft on a path to the ISS, where it will dock with the station in about 2 days.
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In the past, an IDA was attempted to be sent to the ISS which was ruined in one of the failed launches of the companies. The above image was tweeted by Musk, after the successful launch and recovery, specifying a time-lapse compilation of both the launch and touchdown of the Falcon 9. According to Gizmodo, the reason for this being possible is that the landing and recovery zones were so close together. In case you are interested, you can have a look at the launch and recovery webcast from SpaceX below: