SpaceX Dragon Capsule: First Ever Space Carrier To Make Repeated Journey To Orbit
SpaceX is currently enjoying an elevated reputation due to its recent activities. Another of the space giant's latest achievement added a new feather to their cap, which is already full of appreciation. A reused SpaceX Dragon capsule was captured by the International Space Station on June 5th, 2017.
The mission made it the first ever commercial carrier to repeat delivery of scientific equipment for the orbiting laboratory. Get to know more details about it, here.
How Did The Journey Begin?
According to Space.com, SpaceX Dragon capsule was launched from NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 3rd, which carried out roughly 6,000 lbs. of supplies, including food, water, essential materials, alongside goods and living beings for certain experiments in International Space Station. Besides all kits and goods, the commercial space carrier also carried a huge flock of creatures like fruit flies and mice.
The mice would be used for examining vast drug effects on osteoporosis in the space region alongside the limits of bone density in the space. While the fruit flies, which were sent in a bunch of about thousands and more, would be utilized for the testing all the effects of spaceflight on the cardiovascular systems.
How Long Will The Journey Be?
Engadget pointed that the SpaceX Dragon capsule would spend nearly a month or maybe more in the International Space Station. According to the tentative schedule, the space carrier would start its journey back to Earth in the first phase of June, carrying out 3400 lbs of space supplies for the space station.
Like its earlier fourth journey to the orbit which held in 2014, it would land in the Pacific Ocean on its back reversal phase of the 11th journey. From there, it would be recovered and refurbished for its next trip to orbit once again.
Among the most important goods which the SpaceX Dragon capsule has carried to the International Space Station in this phase, there is a solar panel named Roll Out Solar Array (ROSA). This innovative panel would be studied as the source material for the development of an integrated GPS system named Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER). As far as the potential sources are concerned, the GPS module would be active by the end of this year.