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SpaceX Mission Delivers Science Gear, Fresh Fruit to ISS

SpaceX successfully launched Sunday a Falcon 9 with a loaded Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station.

It had been two months since SpaceX had flown a Falcon 9. The mission was the 23rd to deliver supplies to ISS.

This delivery included 4,300 pounds of equipment, science gear, food and other supplies.

The rocket lifted off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center around 3:14 a.m. ET. After deploying the Dragon capsule, the Falcon 9 had a successful return to earth with a landing on SpaceX’s new droneship, “A Shortfall of Gravitas.” The landing marked the 90th booster recovery for SpaceX.

The Dragon is expected to stay at ISS through September.

adiggs

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Successful launch, MECO, separation, BBBurn, landing on ASOG, SECO, and Dragon separation.
Any idea why the ship landing instead of land? Looks like it was reasonably close to short at least, so the cycle time on that booster will be good (if desired), but I figure not as good as landing near the tower.

Oh - and a CRS mission and we haven't wrapped to page 2 of the thread. I guess these are achieving ho-hum status :D
 
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Any idea why the ship landing instead of land? Looks like it was reasonably close to short at least, so the cycle time on that booster will be good (if desired), but I figure not as good as landing near the tower.

Oh - and a CRS mission and we haven't wrapped to page 2 of the thread. I guess these are achieving ho-hum status :D
The new cargo dragons are heavier than the original cargo dragon so there isn't enough margin to do a full boost back burn. They do try to bring it as close to shore to reduce turn around time as you deduced.
 

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The new cargo dragons are heavier than the original cargo dragon so there isn't enough margin to do a full boost back burn. They do try to bring it as close to shore to reduce turn around time as you deduced.
..yet this one did not have any Cargo in the trunk. Trunk was empty. So I am surprised this is still heavy enough not to come back to landing site?
 
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..yet this one did not have any Cargo in the trunk. Trunk was empty. So I am surprised this is still heavy enough not to come back to landing site?
As mentioned, D2 is heavier than D1. Cargo makes a difference too but all D2 and Crew Dragon launches will be ASDS from now on. RTLS will be a rare thing at this point. :(
 

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