SpaceX: April 30 rocket launch to International Space Station delayed, moved to about a week later

By on Apr 24, 2012 in Astronomy, Science, United States Comments

Updated: October 8, 2012 4:30 p.m.

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SpaceX announced on Monday, April 23, 2012 that the Falcon 9 rocket launch to the International Space Station (ISS) has been delayed again, which was supposed to be this coming Monday, April 30.

Dragon rocket with the protective fairings
installed over the folded solar arrays, at
the SpaceX Cape Canaveral launch site

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As reported earlier, NASA announced last April 16 that the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry Dragon cargo capsule, will be launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on the said date.

Apparently, SpaceX had delayed the launch thrice this year with the privately-owned space company announcing last January that the scheduled February 7 launch has been postponed and moved it to March 20, and later moved to April 30.

“Just completed the rocket rollout review at SpaceX HQ in California. Almost time to launch. Pucker factor increasing…” SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted on Monday, April 23; but later announced that it will not push through.

“Am pushing launch back approximately a week to do more testing on Dragon docking code. New date pending coordination with @NASA.” Musk tweeted on Monday afternoon.

“After reviewing our recent progress, it was clear that we needed more time to finish hardware-in-the-loop testing and properly review and follow up on all data.” SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Brost Grantham was quoted in e-mail later.

“While it is still possible that we could launch on May 3, it would be wise to add a few more days of margin in case things take longer than expected. As a result, our launch is likely to be pushed back by one week, pending coordination with NASA.” Grantham added.

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