Unviable weather conditions forced delay of the launch of SpaceX Sixth Cargo Supply mission to International Space Station, that includes supplies for astronauts and a coffee maker.
SpaceX has postponed the planned launch of its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecraft to Tuesday, April 14, at 4:10:40 p.m. EDT, which will be covred live by NASA Television starting from 3 p.m. EDT.
The Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft on top, is otherwise ready for lift off and the terminal countdown has begun with no technical concerns with the rocket or spacecraft, said SpaceX in a statement. Forecasters are closing monitoring a storm cell near the launch site.
To see live NASA TV coverage of the launch, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv.
An on-time liftoff at 4:10 p.m. EDT means the Dragon spacecraft will catch up to the station on Wednesday, April 15. Flight Engineer and European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts will use the station’s 57.7-foot (17.6-meter) robotic arm to reach out and capture the Dragon spacecraft as they operate from the station’s cupola.
The Dragon will be attached to the Earth-facing port of the station’s Harmony node to deliver more than 4,300 pounds of supplies, science experiments, and technology demonstrations, including critical materials to support about 40 of more than 250 science and research investigations during the station’s Expeditions 43 and 44.