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Space X Falcon 9 Dragon Spacecraft Launches (UPDATE) Third Time's a Charm For Transporter (VIDEO)

Apr 18, 2014 04:45 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
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Space X's successful launch of its Falcon 9 rocket dragon spacecraft will put the transporter to the International Space Station without further delay.

The spacecraft is carrying about 5,000 pounds  the equivalent of 2,200 kilograms of freight to put more supplies on the station NBC News reported Friday.

"Dragon has been deployed successfully from the Falcon 9 rocket," George Diller a commentator with NASA said 10 minutes following the spacecraft's ascension into space.

Efforts to test the spacecraft's ability to land, and show it could be re-ignited and decrease its speed while heading back towards earth in another major feat was still difficult because of rough waves in the Atlantic NBC News reported.

According to Space.com, the trip is the third of 12 scheduled trips the organization's Dragon cargo spacecraft will take to the station, the first of which was initiated in 2012. The second came in 2013.

Six cargo pieces are also fastened, two of which to one of its compartments, which is something that has never been secured onto the rocket before Space Flight Now reported.

The mission is part of a $1.6 billion agreement involving 12 flights to put about 44,000 pounds of equipment on the station.

According to Space Flight Now, NASA is corresponding with the International Space Station using an Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science also known as a OPALS via a connection out of Wrightwood, Calif that is expected to show and evaluate how it works by way of a tracker when the station hovers an antenna in Wrightwood at 100 second intervals.

The launch was originally scheduled for March 16 until bacteria contamination forced them to delay the travels until at least March 30 Space Flight Now reported.

Machinists were worried the bacteria could cause the rocket to lose gas leading to greater issues for the rocket.

According to NASA.gov, a Multiplexer-Demultiplexer (MDM) backup computer mal-function was not picking up commands like it usually does. The administration is now expected to fix the computer through a spacewalk April 22.

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