The new schedule means Dragon will arrive at the International Space Station the day before a Russian resupply rocket, which launched early Wednesday and is set to arrive at the ISS early Friday morning.
This was not the mission's first small delay.
However, as cool as the Flacon 9 landing was, the launchpad used by the Falcon 9 is something even more special.
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The spacecraft was launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on February 19. After the shuttle fleet's retirement in 2011, SpaceX won a 20-year lease agreement from NASA and refurbished Pad 39A for its own use.
This time, the Dragon cargo ship made a "perfect approach to the capture point", a Nasa commentator said, and was grabbed by the station's robotic arm. Two of NASA's astronauts named Shame Kimbrough-commander, and Thomas Pesquet-flight engineer captured dragon 5 minutes before the schedule.
Navias said that neither the space station's crew station nor the Dragon's cargo were in any danger. Everything was going well with the mission until the Global Positioning System issue. It was an easily corrected glitch, but did require Dragon to orbit Earth one extra day before another rendezvous attempt. The private company, led by tech billionaire Elon Musk, has been making station deliveries since 2012.
The Progress 66, paccked with almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the six-member Expedition 50 crew, will arrive Friday for an automated docking at 3:34 a.m. and stay at the station until June.