A package with ants, an avocado and a robotic arm departed for the International Space Station on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
SpaceX has successfully launched the Dragon spacecraft to the ISS. The two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicle launched from Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral at 3:14 AM ET (10:14 UTC). The Dragon’s cargo weighs 2,200 kilograms – a variety of experimental equipment as well as fresh food including avocados, lemons, and even ice cream for the seven astronauts on the space station.
The package also contains experimental ants, shrimp and plants, as well as plant seeds that are used in genetic research. In addition, samples of concrete, photocells and other materials were sent to the ISS to subject them to weightlessness.
Dragon SpaceX also sent an experimental robotic arm from a Japanese startup company to the space station. She will carry out work and daily activities in order to “unload” the astronaut.
After lifting the Dragon capsule, the first stage launch vehicle landed vertically on the newest oceanic platform, Shortfall of Gravitas. SpaceX founder Elon Musk continues the tradition of naming boosters after the late works of science fiction writer Ian Banks.