Kirk Shireman, NASA’s manager of the International Space Station Program, SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX vice president of flight reliability, hold the post-launch press conference from Kennedy Space Center on April 8.
SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Friday at 5:39 p.m. EDT (2139 GMT). The commercial booster is hauling up the Thaicom 8 television broadcasting satellite from Cape Canaveral. The rocket’s first stage successfully landed on SpaceX’s recovery platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
Wrapping up a two-day chase since launching from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, a commercial Cygnus cargo craft arrived at the International Space Station Monday with more than 7,200 pounds of supplies and experiments, the second freighter to reach the orbiting complex in 15 hours.