SpaceX’s 22nd space station cargo mission review

SpaceX performed its 22nd Space Station cargo resupply mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The mission delivered approximately 3,328 kilograms of cargo to the space station, including 1,948 kilograms of cargo in pressurized modules and 1,380 kilograms of cargo in non-pressurized modules, containing new solar panels. The cargo spacecraft is expected to dock automatically with the space station at 17:13 GMT on June 5.

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SpaceX will launch the SXM-8 satellite on June 7 at 00:26 GMT, SpaceX’s 18th launch this year, an average of one launch in 9.06 days.

SpaceX's 22nd space station cargo mission review

On this day in 2010, SpaceX’s first Falcon 9 lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and entered orbit as SpaceX began fulfilling its $1.6 billion contract with NASA for a space station cargo mission.

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Also let’s review, why Musk founded SpaceX?

SpaceX's 22nd space station cargo mission review

Credit: Eric Berger

Much of the Russia story (Musk went to Russia to buy a rocket) is true, but another part of the story is that Musk realized that NASA would never be able to settle on Mars with current technology.

He realizes that even if the Mars Oasis (a greenhouse of plants launched to Mars to produce oxygen) succeeds, NASA’s budget has doubled, which may only lead to more “flag and footprint” missions. Musk wants humans to expand and migrate to the solar system (making humans a multi-planet species).

SpaceX's 22nd space station cargo mission review

Credit: Eric Berger

The first step in solving the multi-planet problem is to reduce the cost of rocket launches. If NASA and private companies could get satellites and people into space for less money, they could do more in space and lead to more business opportunities.

This awakening prompted Musk to take action. To that end Musk invested $100 million and created SpaceX in May 2002.

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