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Falcon 9 CRS-8

Dragon carried over 1500 kg of supplies and delivered (stowed in its trunk) the inflatable Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) to the ISS for two years of in-orbit tests. The rocket’s first stage landed smoothly on SpaceX’s autonomous spaceport drone ship 9 minutes after liftoff, making this the first ever successful landing of a rocket booster on a ship at sea as part of an orbital launch. The first stage B1021 was later also the first orbital booster to be used again, when launching SES-10 on March 30, 2017.

Launch Information

Launch Date

Friday 8th April 2016 at 20:43 UTC

Launch Pad

CCSFS SLC 40

Rocket

Falcon 9

Booster

B1021.1

Launch Success

Yes

Landing Attempt

Yes

Landing Success

Yes

Landing Site

Of Course I Still Love You

Payloads

Payload
Customer
Manufacturer
Mass (kg)
Mass (lbs)
Orbit
CRS-8

NASA (CRS)

SpaceX

3136
6914
ISS

Launch Photos

All of these images are from the SpaceX Flickr page and all of them belong to SpaceX

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