After months of hiatus SpaceX is returning to the space launch game again, but it turns out that it will have to wait for another 24 hours as its highly-anticipated International Space Station resupply mission has been delayed.
According to information provided by NASA, the launch scheduled for Saturday will now happen on Sunday due to an issue with the thrust vector control system that developed late in the countdown. The next potential launch is likely on Sunday at 9:38:59 a.m. EST, as reported.
The resupply mission is important one for SpaceX from two perspectives – first from the point that it is returning to the game after months of flight suspensions and secondly it will be for the first time that the private space company will launch its spacecraft from the iconic Launch Complex-39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will be carrying a 5,500-pound payload of science research, crew supplies and hardware for Expedition 50 and 51 crew members and reach the space station after two-day.
According to NASA, crew members will unload the spacecraft and reload it with cargo to return to Earth for about a month.