SpaceX February 7 launch to International Space Station (ISS) postponed

By on Jan 17, 2012 in Astronomy, Science, United States Comments

Updated: April 17, 2012 7:10 p.m.

Read NASA: 2012 SpaceX launch to International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, April 30

The Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) postponed the scheduled launch of its Dragon logistics spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), which is supposed to be on February 7, 2012.



SpaceX COTS Demo 2/3 Dragon spacecraft
Image Credit: SpaceX.com

According to Los Angeles Times on Monday, January 16, 2012, SpaceX decided to delay again the launch of its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket via Cape Canaveral in Florida and not providing a new launch date.

“We believe that there are a few areas that will benefit from additional work and will optimize the safety and success of this mission,” SpaceX spokeswoman Kirstin Grantham, was quoted in the report.

“We are now working with NASA to establish a new target launch date, but note that we will continue to test and review data. We will launch when the vehicle is ready.” Grantham added.

This newly delayed launch of the 18-story SpaceX rocket follows the early cancellation of its supposed launch in November 2011, with the company having two previous test launch missions.

The 1,500-member SpaceX project, which was said to be on a $1.6-billion contract with NASA to haul cargo in 12 flights to the ISS, is the first commercial space flight and is being noted to a cheaper project.

As noted at SpaceX.com, their initial mission is to transport cargo to the ISS but stressed out both the Falcon 9 and Dragon were designed to transport astronauts to space.



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