SpaceX has successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft from a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday afternoon from Cape Canaveral. The launch was originally scheduled for 12:51 p.m. on Wednesday, but it was scrapped due to upper altitude winds and wind conditions that would affect the droneship. This will be the last resupply mission of 2019 as the cargo spacecraft delivered supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Read more for two launch videos and additional information.
One of the highlights included in this mission is what NASA is calling a “robot hotel,” or to be more specific, a protective storage unit that will be attached to the exterior of the International Space Station. This will be used to house robotic tools used to detect gas leaks from the station.
NASA claims storing those Robotic External Leak Locators outside the station will make it far easier to use, while also freeing up space inside the space station for other scientific hardware and experiments. Other supplies include critical materials to directly support dozens of upcoming science investigations and technology demonstrations.