After launching right on time in a rare single day launch window on Monday afternoon, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule for the SpX-12/CRS-12 mission is approaching the International Space Station for rendezvous and berthing operations. The mission is delivering thousands of pounds of scientific experiments to the Station for what promises to be a busy month of science aboard the world’s orbital laboratory.
Block 4 debuts – another perfect launch and landing for Falcon 9:
Since launch on Monday afternoon from the Kennedy Space Center, Dragon has enjoyed an issue-free orbital trip to the International Space Station (ISS).
Cruising to orbit on her Falcon 9 Block 4 first and second stages, the SpX-12 Dragon slipped into her preliminary orbit after a flawless launch into a thankfully clear Florida afternoon summer sky.
As has seemingly become the usual mode of operation, following completion of first stage flight, the Falcon 9 first stage successfully flew itself back to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) for a successful RTLS (Return To Launch Site) landing.
This was the 6th Falcon 9 RTLS landing and the 14th overall successful landing of the Falcon 9 first stage – a feat made even more ...