SpaceX’s next cargo mission to the International Space Station has been delayed by no less than 24 hours because of technical issues.
The SpaceX company’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket was planned to launch a Dragon cargo capsule from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today (May 3) at 3:11 a.m. EDT.
However, as fueling procedures were in progress and with under 15 minutes left in the countdown, then the launch directors called a hold. They referred to a helium leak on the quick disconnect on the rocket’s second stage, just as an electrical issue with the drone-ship, which will serve as a landing platform for the booster’s reusable first stage when it comes back to Earth.
Because of the instantaneous launch window, teams needed to remain down from today’s attempt to try and work through the issues.
The next scheduled to Launch of Dragon Cargo is currently set on tomorrow (May 4) at 2:48 a.m. EDT. According to the Aviation based armed forces’ 45th Climate Squadron, There is a 70% chance of good weather on tomorrow. You can watch live here at Sciencenws18 Webcast
Today’s delay is the most recent in a progression of slips that saw the launch move from April 26 to (currently) tomorrow- April 4
And last but not least, NASA officials have said that If the Falcon 9 Rocket cannot get off the ground on tomorrow, then the next scheduled will come no earlier than May 12 or May 13. That is why? Because of a previously planned weeklong remain down of the Eastern Range, which supports launches from Cape Canaveral and nearby Kennedy Space Center at Florida.
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