Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press
Published Saturday 8 December 2018 7:41 EST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – SpaceX's full-bodied pickup arrived at the international space station on Saturday, after a slight delay due to a failure in communications.
Drops Draka withdrew from the Canaveral Cape three days after launch from the circulatory laboratory. Commander Alexander Gerst used the large robotic hand of the space station to grab the freight transport because two ships set off 250 kilometers above the Pacific.
It took two attempts to get the Dragon close enough to capture.
NASA has withdrawn the first Dragon approach due to communications network space communications problems that serve the space station. A device failure in New Mexico for NASA to monitor and data transmission has resulted in a temporary loss of communication with the station. For security reasons, the mission prohibited Drake from backing up.
It was successful two – just an hour and a half later – after NASA switched to another TDRS satellite.
The dragon holds everything that astronauts need for Christmas dinner, as well as mice and worms for scientific experiments and more than 5,000 pounds (2270 kilograms) of station equipment.
Holiday food includes smoked turkeys, green bean dishes, candied holes, cranberry sauce and cake. There are also cookies and butter cookies, with icing tubes for decorating.
Three of the inhabitants of the space station will be on board for Christmas; the next three will return to Earth on 20 December. Until then, the station is home to two Americans, two Russians, one Canada, and Gersta, who is German.
This is the second space station visit for this recycled dragon; there was last year.
SpaceX has been delivering parcels from NASA since 2012. This is the 16th delivery contract.
Two other supply ships are connected to a space station: one Russian and the other sent by another commercial NASA shipper, Northrop Grumman.
– SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 8, 2018