SpaceX Launches it’s 4th Resupply Mission to the ISS
After four successful missions to the International Space Station, including three official resupply missions for NASA, SpaceX launches its fourth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission to the orbiting lab. The SpaceX CRS-4 mission launched Sunday, September 21 from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
The unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds of space station supplies for NASA. A 3-D printer developed by Made in Space, a company located in Silicon Valley, is among the cargo. Built to withstand the stresses of launch, and meets NASA’s strict safety standards, it’s a technology demonstrator. A bigger and better model to follow next year, and NASA envisions astronauts one day cranking out spare parts as needed.
Dragon is due to arrive at the station on Monday, September 22 for an expected four-week visit. Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-October for a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of southern California. Dragon is the only operational spacecraft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies back to Earth, including experiments.