Dragon Supply Ship Launched to Space Station

Falcon 9 first stage landing at Cape Canaveral. (Credit: SpaceX webcast)

SpaceX successfully launched a Dragon resupply ship to the International Space Station on Monday afternoon.

The picture perfect launch took place at 12:31 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Dragon successfully separated from the Falcon 9 second stage and deployed its solar panels. It will take the ship about three days to reach the station.

Falcon 9’s first stage made a pinpoint landing back at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • therealdmt

    Another great one.

    I’d love to see one of those 1st stages come back in person one day…

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Note on this one, it was pretty much a bulls-eye. I wonder if they’re starting to play with the kind of ‘last meter’ and ‘last cm’ type of space encoding you’d need to land on your launch ring as implied by the first Mars architecture video.

  • Jason Miller

    I love how boring this is now.

  • Congrats!

  • Robert G. Oler

    the launch campaign and return is illustrative in my view of a mature product and crew…well done

  • Jimmy S. Overly

    I was thinking the same thing. They were right in the middle of the X this time!

  • my BPM still go up during launch/landing… but I agree; it’s increasingly becoming routine

  • Jeff2Space

    That’s what the public thought about space shuttle flights, until the Challenger disaster. Can’t let past successes make you complacent when working on future launches.

  • Jason Miller

    Well, sure. But I don’t work for SpaceX, so I can be as complacent as I like. 😉

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Exactly, I can routinely board an airplane but pilots, ATC, A&Ps can’t be complacent. Subtle difference.

  • Kirk

    I’ve seen two. Both the CRS-9 (July 2016) night and the CRS-10 (February 2017) day launch & landing were magnificent in their own ways, though the thin cloud layer that the lit up as the F9 passed through, but didn’t obscure the view of either the continued flight or the reentry burn made it my favorite. From Jetty Park, the loud triple sonic booms arrive at the moment of landing, adding to the spectacle.

    Waiting for the launch, I met Michael Seeley who took this amazing 8 minute exposure, capturing the entire flight of the first stage. (The regular press photography location was closed due to wind direction, and while a lot of the serious photographers set up on Exploration Tower, Michael decided to try Jetty Park.)

    http://imgur.com/XbFIaJX

  • Phil

    That’s a great picture!

  • ElCoucho

    I find the ground based tracking video of the 1st stage returning to show the most dynamic views of the landing sequence. This landing approach seemed a bit different (maybe it was due to the camera angle), but immediately after the 1-3-1 engine entry burn concluded, the Falcon appeared to yaw much more than I have seen in previous landings. The grid fins and thrusters seemed to correct from one direction to near vertical and then the stage continued to yaw in the opposite direction quite noticeably. I am aware that this is how the stage is steered to a precise landing, just really curious about how much the stress the stage can withstand as the yaw angle increases….It looked pretty intense this time around.