The New SpaceX Rocket Launch of Dragon Capsule on 29th Aug Resupplies the ISS14th Sep 2021
The latest SpaceX rocket launch on 29th August sends a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station. So far, this is the 21st successful launch for the company this year and the 23rd mission to resupply the ISS.
The latest SpaceX Rocket Launch Details
The latest SpaceX rocket launch took place from the company’s facility at Kennedy Space Center. Two-stage Falcon 9 carrier lifted off from Complex 39A at 07:14 GMT. The launch was a complete success as Falcon’s first stage safely returned to the sea platform eight minutes after the lift-off. The platform, a huge ship called A Shortfall of Gravitas, is the newest SpaceX drone landing platform. So far, SpaceX already has three ships that catch boosters and return them to port for further reuse. As of now, SpaceX has already retrieved its rocket boosters 90 times.
Dragon Capsule Payload for the Astronauts
The latest SpaceX rocket launch carried valuable cargo for the ISS astronauts. One of the most important additions was a robotic arm that will now be tested for outside work.
Another valuable scientific payload on board the Dragon capsule was a new medical device called Nanofluidic Implant Communication Experiment, or NICE. Essentially, this is an innovative drug-delivery device that is attached to the patient’s arm and does medical shots at fixed time intervals.
Finally, SpaceX Dragon carried special treats for the astronauts — fresh fruit, vegetables, and ice cream. In total, SpaceX has supplied the ISS with over 2,200 kg of useful cargo that will help the astronauts perform a variety of scientific experiments and keep their spirits high.
The latest Dragon capsule is the third ISS resupply unit modification from SpaceX. The new capsule has 20% more payload capacity in comparison to the previous models. Hopefully, the next SpaceX rocket launch will introduce even more useful upgrades.