Dragon which is making its second flight to space is a recycled spacecraft, and its arrival is due at the orbiting lab early Monday. The issues were rapidly fixed with equipment substitutes, a power-switching system, and for the sea launch, a generator.
SpaceX couldn't resist the Star Wars Day connection - Saturday is May 4. "Until next time, May the Fourth be with you".
SpaceX aims to land its first-stage booster on the ocean platform close to shore.
Dragon will be bolted to the spacecraft for about a month for unloading and repacking with around 2,000 pounds for the return trip, said Leah Cheshier, a NASA Mission Control communications specialist. The Dragon capsule has been talked about in the community of spaceflight fans for quite a while now which means that it is repurposed in this case might raise some eyebrows. That's why the company and NASA halted Friday's countdown at the last minute - so the recovery ship could be repaired and have full power for the landing operation.
The experiment will run for 22 days and all of the samples will return to Earth on the same SpaceX capsule in which they were launched. He said, 'Just prior to when we wanted to fire the SuperDraco, there was an anomaly, and the vehicle was destroyed.
Experiments and equipment are being carried by this latest cargo Dragon (marking the 17th shipment of the company) for the six space station astronauts including an instrument that can monitor the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of the Earth. The schedule is now up in the air, as SpaceX scrambles to identify and correct whatever went wrong.
Since 2012 the station has been restocked by SpaceX. NASA has given SpaceX a $2.6 billion contract for building the Crew Dragon capsule that NASA was planning to use for returning human space flight back to USA soil. It's unclear whether these commercial crew flights will begin this year, given the Dragon accident and Boeing's own delays with its Starliner capsule.