The American private space agency SpaceX recently launched its Dragon spacecraft into the International Space Station. The recent mission was a cargo mission, and it did not involve any crew. The rocket took off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 0450 GMT on the 7th of March, 2020. After completing the mission, the space agency successfully landed the rocket booster. The current landing marked the 50th successful landing from the SpaceX in the last five years.
The recently launched Dragon spacecraft carried more than a couple of tons of loads to the International Space Station. Once the rocket lifted from the surface, it received a massive round of cheers from the audience. But, everyone was looking forward to the highly anticipated landing of the first-stage booster. Once the landing becomes successful, it was received with a huge round of cheers.
The Importance of the Recent Launch
Jessica Anderson, the lead engineer from SpaceX, conducted a Livestream from the SpaceX headquarter. In the Livestream, Jessica revealed that the recent landing was the 50th successful landing for the organization. The recent landing was special as the windy weather made the landing difficult. Elon Musk, the co-founder of SpaceX, also tweeted the same on his official twitter handle.
This was not the first instance when the two components were used. Previously, SpaceX used the Falcon 9 booster in December 2019. On the other hand, the Dragon capsule used on two occasions, once in 2018, and the other one was in 2017.
The recent launch was the last mission by the Dragon spacecraft. The upgraded model can carry both the crews and loads into the international space station. It will start operating from the last part of this year. Falcon 9 was part of as many as 80 successful launches including the recent one, Jessica Anderson confirmed.