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Main » 2012 » October » 8 » SpaceX commercial supply spacecraft launched to space station.


SpaceX commercial supply spacecraft launched to space station.
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On October 8, 2012 at 00:35 UTC (October 7 at 8:35 p.m. EDT) the "Dragon” (CRS 1) unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from the Cape Canaveral US Air Force Station in Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by NASA specialists and the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The "Dragon” was orbited by the "Falcon-9” rocket-carrier.
It is the first commercial flight of a Dragon unmanned supply spacecraft to the ISS of 12 contracted flights by SpaceX to resupply the space station and marks the second trip by a Dragon to the station, following a successful demonstration mission in May 2012.
The capsule is packed with about 450 kg of cargo, including experiment hardware, a freezer, spare parts, clothing and food. Taking advantage of the freezer, ice cream was included, a rare treat for space crews. It is also carrying 23 microgravity experiments designed by students.
If all goes well, station astronauts will use the station’s robot arm to grapple the Dragon on October 10, maneuvering it to a berthing at the Earth-facing port of the forward Harmony module.
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