Falcon 9 flagship is one of SpaceX’s most thriving space launchers and with the recently accomplished mission of sending cargo ship, carrying supplies, the America-based space venture has added a new page of magnificence to its history. SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft, onboard a Falcon 9 rocket, lifted off on 19th February 2017, from NASA’s long-inactive launch pad – 39A. After the launch of final Shuttle probe, the Kennedy Space Centre’s 39A launch-pad remained dormant for almost six years, and Sunday’s launch is the first launch from the renewed Florida-based 39A launch pad of NASA.
On Sunday, Elon Musk-owned space firm SpaceX succeeded in christening NASA’s long-dormant historic Launch Complex 39A located at the Kennedy Space Centre, on Merritt Island in Florida, United States. It is nearly five years to the last launch took place from Launch Complex 39A. The launch pad was initially designed for NASA’s manned lunar mission –Apollo and later used for the Shuttle mission.
However, after the Final flight of Atlantis too off from the Kennedy-based launch pad on 8th July 2011, it became motionless. However, after signing the contract with Elon Musk’s SpaceX for launching heavy Falcon 9 launches, NASA started revamping the launch pad in 2015 and Sunday, 19th February 2017’s Dragon spacecraft launch was the first launch of revived 39A.
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On Sunday morning, at 9:39 a.m ET (1439 GMT), SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the 229-foot tall (70-meter) ‘Dragon’ cargo ship, jetted out from the 39A launch pad of Cape Canaveral. The cargo spacecraft is programmed to deliver 5,500 pounds of cargo and supplies to the onboard astronauts of International Space Station (ISS). After flying nine minutes in the air, Falcon 9 reusable rocket effectively landed down on earth.