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The 1st commercial venture to launch a capsule to the ISS has gone well so far, successfully taking the capsule named Dragon into orbit on Sunday night.
Media outlets have been buzzing a lot about space recently. With the hurdle NASA cleared by landing a massive rover on Mars, most of the world’s citizens are keeping their eyes to the sky to see what new developments in extra-terrestrial knowledge or space travel will come next. Some might have even forgotten the private venture, SpaceX, which was hard at work to launch and sync its own spacecraft with the International Space Station. Sunday night, SpaceX achieved the first milestone toward its goal by successfully launching its spacecraft Dragon into orbit.
At 8:35 EDT, the privately owned and made Falcon 9 rocket launched. As the rocket was leaving the atmosphere, the company reported having an engine failure. Observers say it appeared as though one of the nine Merlin engines exploded, but SpaceX denied that rumor. Regardless, the remaining eight engines provided more than enough momentum to get Dragon to its projected orbit.
SpaceX released a statement after, saying, “Falcon 9 did exactly what it was designed to do. Like the Saturn V, which experienced engine loss on two flights, Falcon 9 is designed to handle an engine out situation and still complete its mission.” The engine loss happened seventy-nine seconds after initial takeoff. The failure happened at the peak of mechanical stress on the rocket and engines, a time known as “Max Q.” SpaceX maintains that the internal systems recognized the engine was undergoing too much stress and automatically powered it off.
The private company is the first contracted commercial delivery flight, ever, to the ISS. Many hail this as the coming of the private era of space flight. Dragon delivered 882 pounds of supplies for the crew to use, in addition to a number of experiments to perform on board the ISS.
Dragon’s schedule is to approach the ISS on Wednesday morning. The capsule will then be retrieved by the station’s robotic arm and brought into the ISS.
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