A space capsule carrying a 3D printer to make human tissue and around 5,000 pounds (about 2270 kgs) of other experiments and supplies are en route to the International Space Station (ISS) after a booming SpaceX launch.
The private company’s Falcon 9 rocket evaded undermining mists in its Thursday evening lift-off sending a Dragon capsule on its third outing to the orbiting outpost. The ship will dock with the ISS early Saturday.
Dragon is carrying science experiments, a few of which focus on cellular science, as well as normal supplies.
Authorities at biotech organizations nScrypt and Techshot say the mini-refrigerator-sized 3D printer will be constrained by researchers on the ground and print nerve cells, muscle cells and proteins. The experiment utilizes the close absence of gravity to help the cells to hold their shape.
NASA in a press articulation stated, “After a picture-perfect launch and spacecraft separation, Dragon is now drawing power from its solar arrays as it begins its solo, two-day trip to the orbiting laboratory. This is the first time a Dragon spacecraft will journey to the space station for the third time. To mark this accomplishment, it is outfitted with three noteworthy stickers: two station badges representing the previous resupply missions it has flown (CRS-6 and CRS-13) and the Apollo 50th anniversary logo.”
As referenced, the Dragon capsule will rendezvous with the ISS on Saturday, and NASA will hold a live stream on its website – beginning from 8:30 am EDT (6 pm IST, Saturday). The shuttle is scheduled to dock at 10 am EDT (7:30 pm IST) and will at that point be installed on the bottom of the Harmony module of the ISS. It will stay there until August 20, after which it is planned to come back with research and return freight.