Spaceflight.com described the launch and mission as follows, “With the successful launch Saturday, the Cargo Dragon spacecraft will dock with the Harmony module on the International Space Station at 7:30 a.m. EST (1230 GMT) Sunday. Astronauts on the space station will open hatches and begin unpacking cargo inside the pressurized compartment of the Dragon spacecraft.
The Falcon 9 rocket headed downrange northeast from Kennedy, powered by nine Merlin engines generating 1.7 million pounds of thrust. The rocket shut down its first stage booster about two-and-a-half minutes into the mission, allowing the booster to descend to landing on a drone ship about 186 miles (300 kilometers) downrange in the Atlantic Ocean about seven-and-a-half minutes after liftoff.
The booster, tail number B1076, completed its first flight to space on the CRS-26 mission. The Dragon capsule, also brand new, deployed from the Falcon 9’s upper stage about 12 minutes after liftoff to begin the journey to the International Space Station.”
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