SPACEX RE­SUP­PLY LAUNCH A SUC­CESS

Sup­plies, science ex­per­i­ments sent to ISS from Space Coast on Thurs­day

Orlando Sentinel - - BUSINESS - By Cha­beli Her­rera cher­[email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel.com or 407-420-5660; Twit­ter @Cha­beliH

SpaceX sent 5,700 pounds of sup­plies and more than 250 science ex­per­i­ments to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion as part of the com­pany’s 19th re­sup­ply mis­sion.

The liftoff, which was scrub­ing bed Wed­nes­day be­cause of high winds, came at 12:29 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Sta­tion’s launch com­plex 40. Shortly af­ter take­off, the first stage booster suc­cess­fully landed back on SpaceX’s drone ship Of Course I Still Love You off the coast of Jack­sonville.

Among the ex­per­i­ments goto the sta­tion is one from Bud­weiser look­ing to learn more about how to malt bar­ley seeds in mi­cro­grav­ity, part of a longterm plan to brew beer in space. The com­pany has said it wants to be the first beer on Mars.

Also on board are some hol­i­day gifts for the six-per­son ISS crew, but NASA wouldn’t say ex­actly what Santa would be de­liv­er­ing.

SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon is sched­uled to ar­rive Sun­day at the ISS, where it will stay for about a month.

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The Dragon space­craft sup­port­ing SpaceX’s 19th re­sup­ply mis­sion to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion on Thurs­day pre­vi­ously flew in sup­port of the com­pany’s fourth and 11th com­mer­cial re­sup­ply mis­sions.

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