On Monday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. EDT, SpaceX 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 attached to the space station on Wednesday, April 4.
Both Falcon 9 and the Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-14 mission are flight-proven. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the CRS-12 mission in August 2017 and Dragon previously supported the CRS-8 mission in April 2016. SpaceX did not attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage after launch.
This is SpaceX’s 14th cargo mission to the space station under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. Dragon is scheduled to depart the station in May and return to Earth with more than 3,500 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplies.
Photos taken from the Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral; about 11 miles away.
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