Tuesday 20 August 2019

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.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 sits on space launch complex 40 after the launch was held up (AP)
A SpaceX Falcon 9 sits on space launch complex 40 after the launch was held up (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

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.

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.

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