SpaceX's Next Space Station Cargo Launch Delayed to April 30

Space.com | 4/19/2019 | Mike Wall
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SpaceX has pushed back the launch of its next robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by four days, to April 30.

The California-based company's Dragon cargo capsule is now scheduled to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:22 a.m. EDT (0822 GMT) on April 30 from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASA officials announced today (April 19).

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"SpaceX will take advantage of the additional time to perform a static fire test and pre-flight checkouts," NASA officials wrote in an update. "Falcon 9 and Dragon are on track to be flight-ready for an earlier launch attempt; however, April 30 is the most viable date for both NASA and SpaceX due to station and orbital mechanics constraints."

The upcoming mission will be the 17th flown by SpaceX under its Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. SpaceX also holds a commercial-crew deal with the space agency, the terms of which the company will fulfill using the Falcon 9 and a crewed variant of Dragon.

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Crew Dragon flew its first test mission to the ISS last month. The successful six-day flight, known as Demo-1, was uncrewed. But Demo-2 will...
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