SpaceX has launched a new merchandise delivery mission into the International Space Station (ISS) on behalf of Nasa.
During the task, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Nasa’s Kennedy Leeway Center in Florida, US.
Around 5,500lb of research equipment, cargo and provisions were sent with the latest mission, which marks the primary commercial launch carried out at Kennedy.
The latest launch was also SpaceX’s tenth shipload flight to the ISS under Nasa’s commercial resupply services contract.
Nasa well-known that the research materials aboard the Dragon spacecraft include a crystal increase experiment that will crystallise a monoclonal antibody that is weathering clinical trials for the treatment of immunological diseases.
“The latest launch was also SpaceX’s tenth wagon-load flight to the ISS under Nasa’s commercial resupply services contract.”
It also conducted equipment such as the SAGE III for Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment, an instrument that discretion survey Earth’s upper atmosphere under one of Nasa’s Earth-observing schedules.
To be attached to the outside of ISS, the 2,200lb SAGE III will examine the ozone, aerosols, nitrogen dioxide and soak vapour levels in the stratosphere and troposphere high above Earth.
The Dragon spacecraft is record to depart the ISS with 5,000lb of science, hardware and crew supplies by last next month.
Last July, SpaceX launched a cargo re-supply duty to the ISS onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Image: A Dragon spacecraft confiscated off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Photo: courtesy of Nasa.