WATCH | SpaceX successfully launch its first recycled supply ship
SpaceX successfully launched its first recycled supply ship from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday.
The CRS-11, which is a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), was originally supposed to launch on Thursday, but the launch was postponed because of storms.
The Dragon spacecraft, which sits on top of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, was designed to detach from the rocket after it reaches space. The Dragon spacecraft is responsible for delivering some 6,000 pounds of supplies and research materials to the ISS.
Saturday's launch marks the first time SpaceX has attempted to reuse one of its Falcon 9 rockets. Although reusing a spacecraft isn't new, CNN notes that this is a landmark moment for the commercial space industry.
The Dragon spacecraft is expected to near the ISS on June 4 if all goes as planned. From there a robotic arm attached to the space station will capture the Dragon and dock it so the crew can unload supplies. It will remain docked for about a month before returning home with lab results and garbage from the ISS, according to CNN.
Reusing a Falcon 9 rocket is an important step for SpaceX, a company headed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, because it will significantly cut costs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.