Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by James Johnson1
SpaceX Once Again Delays International Space Station Launch
SpaceX has been forced once again to delay its launch to the International Space State as its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft await fixes to their software used for controlling the automated spacecraft towards the station.
The first commercial launch to the ISS was scheduled for Monday, May 7 from Cape Canaveral in Florida and a new date has not yet been discussed.
Elon Musk and his SpaceX team had already been forced to change the rockets launch from April 30 to May 7 because of software limits that were “too sensitive” when controlling the Dragon capsule in orbit.
Before a launch can move forward SpaceX must work side-by-side with NASA to ensure that their hardware and software systems can work in tandem with one another as the Falcon X rocket carries the Dragon Capsule into place for ISS docking.
News of the delay comes just two days after SpaceX deemed its two second test fire a success after the first test was rest with 47 seconds left on the countdown clock.
The earliest possibly launch time for the Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon 9 will now be May 10 based on the stations orbit.