Dragon is expected to dock at the International Space Station on June 5.
The American company SpaceX on Thursday launched a Falcon 9 launch vehicle with the Dragon spacecraft, which is supposed to deliver cargo for the crew of the International Space Station (ISS). The broadcast is conducted on the SpaceX website.
The launch of the carrier from the launch complex at the US Air Force base at Cape Canaveral (Florida) took place at 13:29 East Coast time. Dragon is expected to dock at the ISS on Saturday, June 5.
A few minutes after launch, SpaceX successfully made a controlled landing of the first stage of the launch vehicle on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
Dragon is to deliver approximately 3.3 tons of cargo to the orbiting complex, including food and materials for a series of scientific experiments. These include the development of new drugs to treat kidney disease and the development of new plants that are less in need of water and pesticides. In addition, there are two new solar panels on board the ship. Later, four more new solar panels will be delivered to the ISS. Earlier this year, the crew of the orbital complex began preparing for the installation of these elements. NASA previously noted that the existing solar panels are working normally, but there are signs of wear and tear. The space agency stated that the first solar panels were installed on the orbital complex in December 2000 and are designed for 15 years.