SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launched From Kennedy Space Centre
Florida: SpaceX dragon cargo spaceship Falcon 9 rocket, carrying nearly 5,500 pounds of food supplies for the six astronauts living at the International Space Station (ISS), was launched on Sunday at 9:38 am. The spaceship is expected to arrive at the space station on Wednesday 22 February, a SpaceX spokesman said.
It was the first launch of SpaceX from NASA’s historic launch pad 39A, Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida. This place is best known for the launch of Apollo 11 mission that set first humans to the surface of the moon in the 1960’s and 1970.
Initially, the launch was planned on Saturday, but was cancelled due to a malfunction with the rocket engine. The NASA director of Kennedy Space Centre, Mr. Bob Cababa confirmed that they have resolved all the technical issues on Saturday night and was ready to launch on Sunday. They had to replace the thrust vector control actuator in the second stage to be able to safely launch the rocket.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitted “All systems go, except the movement trace of an upper stage engine steering hydraulic piston was slightly odd. Standing down to investigate”