On Monday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. EDT, Space had a successful liftoff of its fourteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-14) to the International Space Station. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about 10 minutes after liftoff and will attach to the space station on Wednesday, April 4, the SpaceX.com reported.
Just three days after sending 10 communications satellites into orbit from California, SpaceX is launching again, this time out of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This is the second time NASA is relying on a used Falcon 9 rocket to get equipment to the space station, and it’s the third time a used Dragon cargo capsule will carry supplies to the ISS, as well. But despite the recycled hardware of today’s mission, SpaceX won’t be landing its Falcon 9 after launch today. SpaceX indicated that the decision to skip a landing had to do with the fact that this particular Falcon 9 has already flown once before for another resupply mission to the space station in August. So, the company decided it would be better to collect data on this trip during the rocket’s fall and landing in the ocean than to attempt a full recovery.