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SpaceX completes resupply to International Space Station – Spaceflight Now



A SpaceX Dragon capsule packed with more than 5,000 pounds of hardware, provisions and experiments launched July 25 from Cape Canaveral and arrived at International Space Station two days later.

The Dragon spacecraft lifted off at 6:01:56 pm EDT (2201: 56 GMT) July 25 on top of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad.

In a further demonstration of SpaceX's ethos of reusability, the Falcon 9 booster launched July 25 completed its second mission – following a previous cargo launch in May – and returned to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for landing. The Dragon spacecraft made its third trip to the space station after missions in 2015 and 2017.

Items delivered by the Dragon Supply Ship included in the space station, and a spacesuit for use by astronauts on future spacewalks. There is a 3D bioprinter on board that could lead to the production of human tissue in space.

The Falcon 9 rocket taking off

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Christina Koch, Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan (left to right) inside the space station's cupola control station during the Dragon spacecraft's rendezvous sequence Saturday. Credit: NASA
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SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft's Canadian-built robotic arm Saturday. Credit: NASA / Christina Koch
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