The Dragon CRS-6 mission took priority over the launch of TurkmenAlem 52E that was originally first to be launched but was bumped due to technical problems.
On April 14, 2015, the Falcon 9 successfully launched the 6th operational Cargo Resupply Mission to the International Space Station.
Sporting a full landing kit of four landing legs and four aerodynamic grid fins, the booster’s first stage made its return to the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship landing barge off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, but unsuccessfully made a hard landing resulting in a crash. SpaceX videos show that the first stage landed hard and apparently one of the landing legs broke, but tipped over as the result of excessive lateral velocity.
This is the first time the Falcon 9 shows a new Dragon logo displayed on the Solar panel casings.
Dragon’s trunk is empty for this mission, but is delivering 2015 kg of cargo to the ISS, like food, personal crew items, maintenance hardware for the Station and plenty of scientific experiment materials. Riding along is a group of mice that will take up residence in the ISS Rodent Habitat aboard ISS that was first flown in 2014.
Cargo overiew: Check here for a full list of experiments.
Expedition 43 crewmembers, Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts were in charge of capturing the Dragon spacecraft.