The launch - the first SpaceX has conducted from pad 39A - was timed for the Dragon cargo carrier align its course with the orbital path of the space station. It's estimated that lightning flashes around 45 times per second on Earth, so the sensor will have plenty of work in its mission.
Following after the successful launching of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, what are the things to be expected for this mission? The spacecraft's onboard computers detected an incorrect value in the global positioning system data that pinpoints the Dragon's location in space relative to the station, NASA officials said. The approach was aborted, and the Dragon backed away. It launched Sunday from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Florida's Space Coast. In NASA's timetable that was released last week, the agency had planned for the Dragon craft to reach the space station three days ago.
NASA spokesman Rob Navias called the Dragon's approach to the station "flawless".
The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the space station at 8:12 a.m. EST. The space flyers will also explore the area around while flying.
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"After an aborted rendezvous attempt on Wednesday, today was smooth sailing all the way along", he said on NASA-TV.
Just a few hours earlier, Russian Federation successfully launched a cargo ship from Kazakhstan, its first since a failed launch in December.
It's a busy traffic week at the International Space Station.
The Progress 66, paccked with almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the six-member Expedition 50 crew, will arrive Friday for an automated docking at 3:34 a.m. and stay at the station until June. The upper stage of the Soyuz rocket and the cargo ship ended up in pieces over Siberia.