As for the Dragon capsule, everything looks good to go as SpaceX is reuses a capsule that previously sent supplies to the space station in February 2017. "This was the fourth launch in three weeks to the space station".
CRS-16 one minute before launch. It is the sixth resupply mission to the space station this year.
Although, the Falcon 9 landed in the ocean, it was still close enough to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for local residents to hear the double-sonic boom in nearby Cocoa Beach, Florida.
What is Falcon 9?This is rocket, belonging to the class of Falcon. In other words, Falcon 9 performed fine during ascent and only exhibited off-nominal behavior during the booster's attempted landing after separating from the upper stage and Dragon payload. The Monday Soyuz trip marked the first crew flight since an anomaly during launch grounded another crew in October.
And Friday also see, United Launch Alliance's powerful Delta IV Heavy rocket launch from California Vandenberg Air Force Base - a classified spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office.
The Falcon 9's cargo featured 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from commercial and government entities, ranging from universities, to startups, to even a middle school.
It is expected to reach the ISS on Saturday. The Dragon is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-January.
Among the experiments sent up is the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, which will be used to help scientists better understand carbon and water cycling processes on Earth.
Yet another experiment will study development of retinal implants meant to restore vision to patients with age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. According to NASA, the Rocket experiment will test the reliability in space of a dental glue activated by ultraviolet light, while the Groot experiment will explore an alternative method for watering plants in a zero-gravity environment. Newcomers Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will stay until June. It's part of the company's push for reusability to drive down launch costs.