With SpaceX scrub, NASA again demonstrates commitment to innovation

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During the wee hours of Friday morning, as the clock counted down toward the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX engineers worked frantically at their control stations. They tracked the health of the rocket, the status of fuel loading, the nearby weather, and more for the mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

“There was a lot going on, and I’ve got to applaud them because everything that was hitting the screen they were dealing with,” the senior NASA figure at the launch, Kenny Todd, recalled later during a news conference. “There was a lot of talk on the loops when you consider the weather, the wind, the issues with the drone ship, and the helium leak.”

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SpaceX launch with CRS-17 scrubs Friday, will try again Saturday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 3 (UPI) — SpaceX‘s launch of the CRS-17 cargo mission to the International Space Station scrubbed Friday morning.

The company tweeted that it was standing down due to an electrical issue on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship. Another launch is set for 2:48 a.m. Saturday.

The capsule is packed with 5,500 pounds research, crew supplies and hardware, on top of a Falcon 9 rocket.

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On board the capsule are materials to support dozens of science and research investigations that will occur during ISS Expeditions 59 and 60, including NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 that will be installed robotically on the exterior of the space station.

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SpaceX scrubs launch to resupply the ISS due to several issues. It will try again Saturday

Issues both at sea and on the launch pad postponed a planned SpaceX launch to the International Space Station early Friday morning.

SpaceX’s 17th resupply mission to the station will now move to Saturday at 2:48 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 40.

The culprits: SpaceX’s drone ship, ‘Of Course I Still Love You,’ which was standing by to retrieve the booster post-launch, could not maintain power, as well as a ground side helium leak, SpaceX said.

The mission to resupply the space station with more than 5,500 pounds of crew supplies, hardware and science experiments has already jumped over several hurdles this week, including a power issue on the ISS itself.


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SpaceX scrubs launch to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.’ SpaceX delayed a supply run Friday to the International Space Station, back to full power and accepting deliveries after quick repairs.

A Falcon rocket was poised to blast off before dawn Friday, with a Dragon cargo capsule. But an electrical problem cropped up at the last minute with the ocean platform needed to recover the first-stage booster following liftoff.

SpaceX said it will try again early Saturday morning. The delivery is already running a few days late because of a space station power shortage that stalled deliveries until a failed electrical box could be replaced. NASA completed the job Thursday.


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