NASA revealed the delay of Next Space Station Cargo Launch to April 30
|SpaceX Next Space Station Dragon cargo Launch on April 30|
SpaceX has stopped the launch of its next robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station by to April 30. The California-based company’s SpaceX, Dragon cargo capsule is currently scheduled to lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:22 a.m. EDT (1:52 pm in India) on April 30 from, NASA declared on yesterday (19/April/2019 ).
“SpaceX will exploit the extra time to play out a static fire test and pre-flight checkouts,” NASA wrote in an update. “Falcon 9 and Dragon are on track to be flight-prepared for a prior launch attempt; be that as it May, April 30 is the most suitable date for both NASA and SpaceX because of station and orbital mechanics constraints.”
The SpaceX forthcoming mission will be the seventeenth flown under its Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA and SpaceX company also holds a commercial-crew deal with the space agency, the terms of which the company will accomplish using the Falcon 9 and a crewed variation of Dragon.
The successful six-day flight of Crew Dragon first test mission to the ISS last month. Crew Dragon first test mission is known as Demo-1 and it was not crewed any astronauts. But this time Demo-2 will carry two astronauts of NASA, and that mission could lift off as right on time as this summer (2019). The orbiting lab will pursue operational contracted missions, perhaps before the finish of the multi-year.
Boeing Company also holds a NASA commercial-crew contract. The aerospace giant (Boeing) is focusing on August 2019 for the introduction mission of its CST-100 Starliner capsule to the ISS. In any case, that first flight will have not crew any astronaut.
There’s as of now a privately made Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus – cargo spacecraft docked to the ISS. which touched base at the orbiting lab on yesterday. Like SpaceX Company, Northrop Grumman holds a NASA resupply deal.
NASA will host a press conference on Monday (22/april/2019) at 11 a.m. EDT (8:30 pm Monday, in India) to discuss the science payloads that Dragon cargo will carry astronauts to the ISS on the up and coming cargo mission. You can watch it live here at Sciencenews18.
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