SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft linked up with the International Space Station Friday, delivering two NASA astronauts, an Emirati astronaut, and a Russian cosmonaut to the complex after a short delay for ground teams to uplink a software fix to mask a bad sensor on the capsule’s docking mechanism.
SpaceX and NASA launched the Crew-6 mission to the International Space Station at 12:34 a.m. EST (0534 GMT) Thursday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off with two NASA astronauts, an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates, and a Russian cosmonaut to begin a six-month expedition in orbit. Docking at the International Space Station occurred at 1:40 a.m. EST (0640 GMT) Friday.
SpaceX scrubbed the launch from Florida of a four-man crew heading to the International Space Station early Monday with less than three minutes remaining in the countdown, delaying the start of a six-month mission to examine a problem with a ground system needed to ignite the Falcon 9 rocket’s main engines.