Cooper’s Island station tracks SpaceX launch

  • A SpaceX mission tracked from Bermuda takes off in the US (Photograph supplied)

    A SpaceX mission tracked from Bermuda takes off in the US (Photograph supplied)

An historic space mission took off from Florida at the weekend.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration used a private company, SpaceX, for the first time to transport astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station in a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday.

Nasa uses a tracking station based at Cooperís Island in St Davidís to monitor launches.

Lift-off from the Kennedy Space Centre was at 4.22pm Bermuda time.

SpaceX was founded by technology billionaire Elon Musk, also the chief executive of the Tesla electric car firm, in 2002.

A Nasa blog said later that the Crew Dragon spacecraft had reached orbit and it docked with the space station yesterday.

The launch was rescheduled last Wednesday because of bad weather.

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Published Jun 1, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jun 1, 2020 at 7:59 am)

Cooper’s Island station tracks SpaceX launch

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