WATCH: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Successfully Lifts Off From Cape Canaveral

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Falcon 9 lifted off at 6:01 p.m. ET

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX successfully launched its eighteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-18) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) on Thursday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX successfully launched its eighteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-18) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) on Thursday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Falcon 9 lifted off at 6:01 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 25.

Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about nine minutes after liftoff and will attach to the space station on Saturday, July 27.

The Dragon spacecraft supporting the CRS-18 mission previously supported the CRS-6 mission in April 2015 and the CRS-13 mission in December 2017. Following stage separation, SpaceX recovered Falcon 9’s first stage on Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The company’s Dragon spacecraft will deliver supplies and critical materials to directly support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 60 and beyond.

In addition to bringing research to station, the Dragon’s unpressurized trunk is carrying the International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3), which, when installed on the space station, will provide the microgravity laboratory with two common ports that expand opportunities for visiting vehicles, including new spacecraft designed to carry humans for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Dragon will dock to the space station on Saturday and be greeted by NASA astronauts Nick Hague, Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan.

Using the station’s robotic arm, Hague will grab, or grapple, Dragon with Koch providing backup. Morgan will assist by monitoring telemetry during Dragon’s approach.

After Dragon capture, mission control in Houston will send ground commands for the station’s robotic arm to rotate and install it on the bottom of the station’s Harmony module.

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