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SpaceX Dragon atop the Falcon 9 rocket at the launch pad in Florida.(Photo: NASA)

SpaceX Sixth Supply Mission to ISS by Falcon 9 Postponed Due to Bad Weather

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.

At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands ready to boost a Dragon capsule on its sixth commercial resupply services mission. Launch was postponed due to weather conditions. The spacecraft will deliver 4,300 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and supplies to support science and research investigations that will take place on the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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.

 

 

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