SpaceX Rocket Launch Has Been Postponed To Friday

SpaceX Rocket Launch Has Been Postponed To Friday

SpaceX Rocket Launch Has Been Postponed To Friday

Meanwhile, the company flew Falcon 9 missions nearby, at Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, which SpaceX uses for commercial launching, together with Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The launch is particularly anticipated because it will reuse an old Dragon and Falcon 9, both of which have been used on previous missions, according to an Instagram post from Musk.

CRS-13 and SLC-40 are codes for the mission name-Commercial Resupply Service-13-and the launch site-Space Launch Complex 40.

SpaceX announced the latest delay in a tweet which said: "Now targeting December 13 for launch of CRS-13 from SLC-40 to allow for additional time for pre-launch ground systems checks".

"SpaceX is taking additional time for the team to conduct full inspections and cleanings due to detection of particles in 2nd stage fuel system", NASA officials wrote in a status update. This mission's first-stage booster was first flown in June on a mission to the space station, and SpaceX will attempt to land it again on the company's landing pad at the Air Force station. By signing off on the mission with a used rocket, the space agency validates "flight-proven" Falcon 9s as safe enough for government work.

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The Dragon holds almost 5,000 pounds of supplies, including a barley experiment for Budweiser. With LC-40 now repaired, the company is moving its Falcon 9 launches back there, while Pad 39A is refitted for the upcoming Falcon Heavy launch, sometime in early 2018. The Dragon capsule, meanwhile, made a space station shipment in 2015. Shkaplerov, a veteran Russian cosmonaut, will be joined by two spaceflight rookies: NASA astronaut Scott Tingle and Japanese flight engineer Norishige Kanai. He shared a picture of the Dragon docked with the ISS in advance of the launch.

SpaceX has delayed its latest grocery run for the International Space Station by at least another few days.

"We'll be anxious, but I wouldn't say a higher level of anxiety for this reflown booster than for a new booster", he said.

The first stage booster landing attempt may mean a sonic boom will be heard in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties.

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