After some delay’s NASA’s legendary Launch Complex 39A is back in action thanks to SpaceX. Sunday morning SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic pad. It is best known for its Apollo 11 mission. After the launch the rocket also landed successfully onto a nearby stage. Since Space Shuttle Atlantis took off in 2011, this is the first time the complex being used. In fact, it is the first time a private spaceflight outfit has launched from it.
This is the tenth supply mission for the International Space Station by SpaceX. But this time the Dragon capsule on the rocket is carrying a special payload. It carrying an experimental module.
“Raven that will test autonomous space rendezvous technology: its three-sensor array will track spacecraft visiting the station and help guide them safely to their intended destination.” – SpaceX
You can expect frequent launches from 39A from now on. SpaceX promised to launch a rocket Every 2 to 3 weeks. And it seems like they are keeping their promise till now. “The company is clearing its backlog of launches following the September explosion and wants to satisfy customers (including NASA) who’ve been waiting months to get cargo into orbit.” – SpaceX