Kremer — SpaceUpClose.com &
RocketSTEM – 7 May 2019
lit up the literally middle-of-the-night sky with a spectacular display of
rocketry with a flawless liftoff of the commercial Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon
cargo ship on Saturday, May 4, carrying over 2.7 tons of research experiment and NASA hardware and supplies to the six person
crew living aboard the .
The Dragon CRS-17 resupply
arrived safely two days later early Monday morning, May 6 loaded with
approximately 5,500 pounds of NASA cargo and .
The SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully blasted off at 2:48 a.m. EDT (0648 GMT) Friday, May 4 with the unpiloted Dragon CRS-17 cargo ship from Space
Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida bound for the
ISS with almost 3 tons of
and supplies and included research into Earth’s carbon cycle, numerous biomedical
and physical sciences investigations and the formation of asteroids and comets.
Enjoy our expanding collection
of Space UpClose photos and videos of both the magnificent launch and landing.
Check back as the launch
and landing gallery grows and this story expands. With so many overlapping
space events its tough to keep up!
The Falcon 9 CRS-17 launch
marked a great comeback for SpaceX following the hugely disappointing and
devastating static fire test malfunction that completely destroyed the Demo-1 Crew
Dragon spacecraft on April 20 just before Easter Sunday – a big setback that
will undoubtedly force a delay in finally launching astronauts aboard the Demo-2
Crew Dragon spacecraft.
SpaceX resupply mission to the ISS.
witnessed the very exciting and first ever mission featuring a dramatic soft landing
of the 1st stage booster on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ (OCISLY)
droneship – occurring just a few miles offshore of the Florida Space Coast
beaches – that was easily visible given the crystal clear night time skies under
superbly serene weather conditions.
about the OCISLY return Saturday evening and subsequent booster processing to
successfully retract the landing legs for the first time.
Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Anne McClain of NASA; cosmonauts
Oleg Konenenko and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos; and NASA astronauts Nick Hague
and Christina Koch.
Watch my launch video here:
CRS-17 resupply mission to International Space Station (ISS) roars to life May 4, 2019, 2:48 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-40
on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida – as seen
in this video camera stationed at pad. Credit: Ken
is tentatively targeted for May 15 at 10:30 p.m. EDT.
and Crew Dragon mission in lead video:
Dr Ken Kremer/Space UpClose interviewed about SpaceX
mission on CBS Orlando TV News station WKMG by reporter James Sparvero
Watch my commentary at Fox 35 TV News Orlando about the SpaceX
Crew Dragon testing failure here and the implications for delay in future Crew
Dragon test flights here:
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Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.
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