SpaceX launched another resupply mission for the International Space Station on Thursday, subtly named CRS-18, coinciding with the same day that the commercial space company tested the rocket engine on its Starhopper starship prototype.
CRS-18 took advantage of both a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket and a flight-proven Dragon cargo capsule, with the latter having been used to resupply the International Space Station at least two other times before this week’s launch. The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and just nine minutes later, the Dragon capsule separated from the rocket.
The loaded Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station over the weekend, delivering more than 5,000 pounds’ worth of supplies and science experiments to the astronauts and cosmonauts that are currently onboard the Earth-orbiting space lab. These missions ensure that those working on the International Space Station have a replenished supply of air, food, and water, in addition to work.
In this video, we can see the Falcon 9 blasting off and delivering the Dragon cargo capsule into space without any issues.