A SpaceX shipment arrived on Wednesday at the International Space Station, delivering a bonanza of science experiments.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up after a flight from Cape Canaveral. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer used the space station’s hefty robot arm to grab the Dragon 250 miles (400 kilometres) over the Pacific, near New Zealand.
The Dragon holds 3 tons of cargo research. The science load involves a satellite using off-the-shelf scopes for viewing, a ray monitor, and 20 mice for an eye and eye study.
Lucky for the six-person team of the station, a assortment of ice cream is hauled away in freezers. It happens 50 turns next month.
“Congratulations on a job well done,” Mission Control radioed from Houston. “You guys have only won yourselves some new food.”
Fischer said that he was honoured to catch the Dragon contracted the one, by NASA under bargains under the arrangement with more on the way. It is a testament to the commercial space effort, which “has become a pillar of support” to NASA, he said.
“The team stands ready to stone the science like a boss,” Fischer said, giving a rundown on the study within the Dragon’s “belly.”
It’s enough for over 250 experiments in the coming months, he noticed.
“Need to get back to work. We have got a Dragon to unload,” Fischer told Mission Control.
SpaceX is one for channel supplies of NASA’s two shippers. Orbital ATK is another; its delivery is from Wallops Island, Virginia in November. The freight hauls handled by NASA space shuttles that were retired have been taken over by both companies.