Elon Musk throughout his career has overcome a number of hurdles and has proved many people wrong time and again. So, it was obvious a company founded by him will have similar qualities; that’s the case for SpaceX, Musk’s space transport services company.
Even after multiple failed attempts, SpaceX is again planning to launch the Falcon 9. The company will be launching the rocket again on June 19, 2015.
The company’s first attempt to launch the Falcon 9 was not successful due to a fiery explosion. The following attempt got scrapped due to bad weather conditions. The third attempt, although not successful, was the closest the company ever got to its goal; it ended last Tuesday when the rocket couldn’t survive a harsh landing.
Musk, in one of his tweets following the event, wrote that the Falcon 9 met an accident in spite of landing safely as it couldn’t handle the excess lateral velocity. Musk has also informed that the droneship hasn’t been destroyed completely and will require minor repairs to get back in shape.
The attempts by SpaceX have been the topic of discussion for many; so much so that even a parody video has been published on YouTube that describes how bad luck is causing troubles for people at SpaceX.
While most people are talking about the company’s failure in landing the rocket, many are forgetting that it has already launched an extremely important mission into the ISS (International Space Station) successfully.
Around 4,300 lb of supplies have been inbound to the international space station. The robotic arm of the ISS will be grabbing the Dragon capsule today at 7 am EDT. Following the successful docking, the crew will be unloading the supplies.
Today’s itinerary also includes delivery of quite a few experiments into the ISS. A large share of those experiments focuses on the much talked about one-year-stay mission by Scott Kelly. One of the most significant experiments would be investigation of bone cells of mice; experiments will also take place to find out the process of fluid movement within the body.
These studies will help NASA officials who keep on searching for ways of negating effects of microgravity of its astronauts.