Launch of Falcon 9 Rocket Rescheduled
The launch of a Falcon 9 rocket has been rescheduled. Now, the launch of SpaceX’s next resupply mission to the International Space Station is set for April 13.
According to officials, the launch is set for 4:33 p.m. EDT and is going to be the company’s sixth operational logistics mission to the space station. The mission is going to send SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship into orbit. The Dragon spacecraft is going to remain at the ISS for about one month and after that come back to the Earth in May.
In 2008, SpaceX won a $1.6 billion contract for 12 resupply flights to the outpost. Recently, NASA has given a contract extension to SpaceX and provided the company 15 flights through 2017. The Dragon Cargo Capsule has ability to hold more than 6,000 pounds of materials, food, supplies, and equipment on its departure to the ISS.
The company has shuffled the order of its upcoming launches earlier this month with an aim to study rockets at Cape Canaveral for leaky helium pressurization systems after finding a problem in the Falcon 9 factory in Southern California. The April 13 flight is going to be SpaceX’s fourth Falcon 9 launch of the year.
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