SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket towards the International Space Station on Sep 21, 2014 on mission CRS-4. This is the 4th resupply mission to the ISS packed with an experimental 3D printer, a rodent experiment and more supplies for the ISS crew. The Dragon’s trunk section carries a hurricane research instrument, the ISS-RapidScat. This payload will be robotically attached to an external rack on the European Columbus module.
During the upcoming days, this post will be updated with photos of the trunk’s interior showing the two components of the RapidScat payload.
Dragon was captured on Sep 23, 2014.
UPDATE: The RapidScat instruments were removed from Dragon’s trunk and installed on Sep 30, 2014 on the Nadir external payload rack of the Columbus Module.
After a long hiatus, here are the photos of the payloads inside Dragon’s trunk. The RapidScat consists of two separate parts: the Nadir Adapter (passive FRAM 3) and the Instrument on FRAM 1.