The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX on a load resupply use goal to a International Space Station (ISS), rises off from a Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida Jan. 10, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Brown)
LOS ANGELES – An unmanned Dragon spaceship splashed behind to Earth on Tuesday after a successful supply run to a International Space Station though a owners were forced to dumpy a launch of an critical continue satellite on a other side of a continent.
The Dragon parachuted into a Pacific west of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula during 4:45 p.m., according to Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX.
The plug flew 5,000 pounds of groceries and belated Christmas presents to a space hire final month. The station’s astronauts had been available reserve given a boat from another association was damaged in an Oct launch explosion.
Dragon returned with scholarship samples and damaged equipment, including bad spacesuit parts.
The alighting came about 90 mins after SpaceX scrubbed a designed launch of a continue satellite called a Deep Space Climate Observatory from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
SpaceX called off a nightfall launch with only 12 mins remaining in a countdown since of gusts of 115 mph several miles adult — clever adequate to repairs a rocket in flight.
It was a private company’s second try in 3 days to launch a upholder initial envisioned by former Vice President Al Gore and resuscitated by NASA, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a Air Force.
Last-minute radar difficulty foiled Sunday’s launch effort, afterwards SpaceX skipped Monday since of complicated rain.
SpaceX contingency launch a look-out by Wednesday or face a check until Feb. 20.
The moody also is designed to exam a intensity for reusing a launch rockets. SpaceX will try to land a leftover first-stage upholder on a floating height off a Florida coast.
SpaceX attempted to land a Dragon’s upholder rocket on a boat final month though it landed too tough and pennyless into pieces.