Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

SpaceX set to send cargo to space station

SpaceX set to send cargo to space station

More food had to be rushed in from California. It also becomes the 20th overall launch conducted by Elon Musk's company in a single year, an absolute record for any space operator, be it government-owned or privately operated.

Smoked turkey breast, cranberry sauce, candied yams, and fruitcake are all on the menu this year, but not all the scientists now on board the spacecraft will be able to enjoy the meal on Christmas eve or day.

However, the video also showed how the rocket appeared to retrieve control just before it made an unplanned landing in the ocean.

SpaceX has blasted off its unmanned Dragon cargo ship, loaded with supplies, science experiments and food for the astronauts living at the International Space Station - but failed to land the rocket.

Monday witnessed both a Soyuz rocket blasting three newcomers to the ISS and a Falcon 9 rocket taking 64 smallsats into orbit 310 miles (500 km) above Earth.

The mission had been a complete success until the aborted landing. Moreover, SpaceX expects to begin launching space station crew in the following year.

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Forty mice depend on the food for the Rodent Research-8 project, which studies aging. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space.

If all goes well, the spacecraft will reach the station around 6 a.m. Saturday morning, pulling up to within about 30 feet and then standing by while station commander Alexander Gerst, operating the lab's robot arm, locks onto a grapple fixture.

And the Dragon brings a special treat for one class of spacecraft: It's carrying a satellite deployment system called SlingShot that can fit inside the Cygnus spacecraft's berth to deploy up to 18 cubesats.

Company SpaceX on the evening of 3 December again started twice already flown the first stage of Falcon 9 successfully put her. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June.

Flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston will take over at that point, operating the arm 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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