SpaceX delays supply launch to International Space Station
A problem involving the company’s ocean platform has held up the mission involving a Dragon capsule.
SpaceX has delayed a supply run to the International Space Station.
A Falcon rocket was poised to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a Dragon cargo capsule.
However, a last-minute problem cropped up with the ocean platform for recovering the first-stage booster following lift-off.
SpaceX said it will try again on Saturday.
Standing down today due to an electrical issue on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship. Teams will also address the ground side helium leak before tomorrow's backup launch opportunity at 2:48 a.m. EDT, 6:48 UTC.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 3, 2019
The delivery is already running late because of a space station power shortage that stalled deliveries until a failed electrical box could be replaced. Nasa completed that job on Thursday.
The landing platform was stationed 14 miles offshore.
The booster was originally supposed to return to Cape Canaveral, but SpaceX is still cleaning up from the April 20 accident that destroyed a crew Dragon capsule.