Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

SpaceX launches reused rocket and spacecraft to International Space Station

SpaceX launches reused rocket and spacecraft to International Space Station

But unlike previous CRS missions where SpaceX landed boosters back at Cape Canaveral, CRS-14 will not include a local recovery and instead focus on providing data as part of an expendable "demonstration mission".

SpaceX has successfully recovered 23 first stage boosters to date, 11 on land and the rest on off-shore droneships.

"What's really neat about this is this is becoming the norm, and we like that".

It sent up a used Dragon cargo craft on a return trip to the International Space Station on April 2.

About 5,800 pounds of cargo and science experiments lifted off the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40.

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Loaded with 5,800 lbs. The Expedition 55 crew is preparing for its arrival on Wednesday while continuing a variety of advanced space research aboard the orbital lab today.

Scientists say it will showcase technologies that could be used to clean up an estimated 7,600 tonnes of junk orbiting the Earth, ranging from old spacecraft to flecks of paint. In the statement released Thursday, the FCC said it was the first approval of "a US -licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of Low Earth Orbit satellite technologies". It's expected to hit the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

The Dragon is scheduled to berth with the station early April 4 and remain at the station for a month. Included among the science-related cargo is an experiment created to study severe thunderstorms on Earth. "ASIM advances understanding of the effect of thunderstorms on Earth's atmosphere, helping to improve atmospheric models and meteorological and climatological predictions", NASA officials said in the statement. This "Multi-use Variable-g Platform" has built-in carousels that can produce up to 2 Gs of artificial gravity, or two times the pull of Earth's gravity, according to NASA's description.

The space station is now home to astronauts from the US, Russia and Japan. The system, developed by the U.K.'s University of Surrey Space Center (SSC) and co-funded by the European Commission, will be assembled by ISS astronauts before being deployed for a few tests to see how well it captures miniature satellites and pulls them out of orbit. You can read about more experiments on CRS-14 here.

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