SpaceX has pushed back the launch of a Dragon cargo mission for NASA this week by 24 hours, with liftoff now targeted for Wednesday (May 1).
The uncrewed Dragon will ship to the International Space Station Wednesday at 3:59 am. EDT (0759 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, according to SpaceX and NASA. SpaceX test-fired the Falcon 9 will rock that mission on Saturday (April 27).
"Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete – targeting May 1 launch from Pad 40 in Florida for Dragon's seventeenth mission to the @Space_Station," SpaceX representatives said in a Twitter update on the mission.
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The one-day launch follows a four-day delay launch April 26) by NASA and SpaceX "due to stationary and orbital mechanics constraints," NASA said at the time.
SpaceX representatives said the company would use these four extra days for launch vehicle checks and the Falcon 9 static fire test, which fired the first stage engines briefly. SpaceX activity before every launch.
The upcoming Dragon cargo mission wants to be SpaceX's 17th delivery flight for NASA. The spacecraft wants to deliver more than 5,500 lbs. Astronauts currently on the space station.
SpaceX also has astronauts on the space station for NASA using the company's new crew of Dragon spacecraft, which made its first uncrewed test flight in March. An in-flight abort system test for crew is now later this year, followed by a crewed test flight by NASA astronauts.
But before Space can abort test, the company must complete its investigation into April 20 anomaly during a Crew Dragon abort system test. Airborne Station at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Meanwhile, SpaceX is gearing up for another big mission: the next launch of its massive Falcon Heavy megarocket.
Last week, SpaceX successfully fired the center stage of the Falcon Heavy that wants to launch the Space Test Program-2 mission for the U.S. Air Force. That mission wants to include a host of different payloads for the U.S. Air Force, NASA, Planetary Society and other customers.