SpaceX's Dragon rocket, which launched at 12:30 p.m. from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Flordia and was filled with about 5,700 pounds of supplies and payloads. In what may seem to look like a cover-up, the brand has made a decision to launch a third mission to supply the International Space Station in 2019 on Wednesday, according to reports.
SpaceX also recovered the first-stage rocket booster of the brand-new Falcon 9 used in this launch, landing the spent rocket component on its floating drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. This will be the third trip to the space station for this recycled Dragon. It was built by Airbus with help from IBM and the German Aerospace Center.
But the robot did answer questions and play a song that was billed as Gerst's favorite in the video, The Man Machine, by German band Kraftwerk.More news: R Kelly hit with new charges in NYC
"The first CIMON was sent back to Earth and will go to a museum", said Till Eisenberg, a project manager for Airbus.
SpaceX will be looking to launch this one at 12:29 PM EST (9:29 AM PST), during a backup window after the original planned launch on Wednesday was scrubbed due to high altitude winds. The leak detectors are equipped with mass spectrometers that can find small leaks from the space station, NASA said.
Although a flight-proven Falcon 9 first stage (B1056) had initially been earmarked to launch the CRS-19 mission, a last-minute flight profile amendment saw a new first stage utilized instead.More news: Camila Morrone Addresses Her and Leonardo DiCaprio's Age Gap
Asked about this earlier this week, SpaceX's director of Dragon mission management, Jessica Jensen, said the rocket's upper stage is slated to fly a "thermal demonstration" for another, unnamed customer.
The spacecraft will spend approximately four weeks attached to the ISS before returning to Earth with more than 1,700 kilograms of cargo.More news: Fatal Canadian Pacific Rail accident in Port Coquitlam