The Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket launched at 11:17 a.m. EST on Sunday from Release Complicated 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Area Center in Florida.
The spacecraft, which rollovered 6,400 pounds of devices and materials, consisting of “Christmas goodies” for a delicious vacation supper, was orbiting about 268 miles (431 kilometers) above the southern Indian Ocean, near Australia, prior to docking to the station’s Consistency module at 1:40 p.m.
The docking was postponed by 10 mintutes due to spotty interactions with ground controllers throughout the last leg of the Dragon’s journey.
According to NASA, the objective will consist of a research study focused on much better understanding heart problem to support advancement of treatments for clients in the world, research study into how microorganisms can be utilized for biomining on asteroids, and a tool being checked for fast and precise blood analysis in microgravity.
In addition, the Dragon freight spacecraft has actually provided the very first commercially owned and run airlock on the spaceport station, the Nanoracks Bishop Airlock, which will offer a range of abilities to the ISS orbiting lab, consisting of CubeSat release and assistance of external payloads.
After Dragon invests around one month connected to the spaceport station, the spacecraft will go back to Earth with freight and research study.