SpaceX successfully launched their second attempt this Sunday at the NASA Launch Complex located in the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
The original mission scheduled for Saturday, was disrupted only thirteen seconds prior to takeoff due to concerns regarding the internal systems of the Rocket’s steering.
Despite a 99% success rate, Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and the electric car company Tesla, expressed that a “1% chance isn’t worth rolling the dice. Better to wait a day” in his Twitter post this Saturday.
Newly Rescheduled Launch
The rescheduled launch ran smoothly for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 on Sunday with both a successful takeoff and return journey back to the Complex 39A platform.
The Historic site from which the 5,500-pound cargo spacecraft was launched has seen many iconic NASA missions in its thirty years of the space shuttle program, including Apollo 11 that sent the first humans to the moon.
According to Ellen Bichell, a reporter for NPR’s Science Desk, the pad is will now be used as a “spaceport open for use by public — and commercial — missions to space,” starting with the SpaceX resupply mission to send materials for several missions:
“Science investigations launching on Dragon include commercial and academic research investigations that will enable researchers to advance their knowledge of the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges astronauts face during long-duration spaceflight.”
She also described some of the operations supported by this supply mission including, “One experiment will use the microgravity environment to grow stem cells that are of sufficient quality and quantity to use in the treatment of patients who have suffered a stroke. While another investigation by Merck Research Labs will,” test growth in microgravity of antibodies important for fighting a wide range of human diseases, including cancer.”
As reported by Reuters, NASA is taking every procedure to monitor the SpaceX launch that was hired to transport cargo to the International Space Station prior to the shuttle programs termination.
It was also reported that NASA aims to “learn more about SpaceX’s operations before it clears the company to fly NASA astronauts on SpaceX rockets.”