SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was successfully launched early July 18 from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies, equipment and scientific research to the International Space Station (ISS).

The SpaceX site broadcasted a webcast of the event, showing video footage of Falcon 9 launching the Dragon spacecraft into Earth’s orbit in order to effectively deliver the cargo. They additionally published a series of stunning, high-resolution photos to the company’s Flickr account following the success.


This is merely the ninth of twenty Commercial Resupply Services missions (CRS-9) to the station that SpaceX will facilitate under the CRS contract with NASA.

The Dragon spacecraft is to remain in the Earth’s orbit for two days before it reaches ISS. When it’s close enough, an astronaut will proceed to use the station’s robotic arm to grab the capsule and retrieve the cargo.

One of the supplies included in the shipment will be an International Docking Adapter (IDA) that will be used to allow future spacecraft to automatically dock with the ISS. The safe delivery of this is important for the prosperity of NASA’S Commercial Crew Program, in which private companies will be building and utilizing spacecraft that can send astronauts to and from the station.

See below for a full stream of the launch: