Early on Friday early morning, within minutes of the opening– and closing– of a rapid launch window, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Freight Dragon supply objective to the International Spaceport Station.
The business stated it decided to stand down due to an “electrical concern” on its Naturally I Still Love You droneship, placed simply offshore for the Falcon 9 rocket’s very first phase to arrive on. This is the very first time SpaceX has actually stood down a launch effort due to an issue associated to recuperating a first-stage booster. The business can most likely thank NASA for being an understanding consumer.
After the scrub, SpaceX likewise stated there was a ground-based helium leakage it wished to take a look at prior to the rocket’s next launch effort. This leakage lay in a “quick-disconnect” user interface on the rocket’s 2nd phase, where helium is utilized to pressurize fuel tanks.
Weather condition had actually been an issue for Friday early morning’s launch effort, however near the launch time at 3: 11 am ET (07: 11 UTC), the rains had actually stayed well offshore and SpaceX had actually continued with sustaining the rocket. If Dragon launches on Saturday early morning, it will reach the station on Monday.
The instant launch window opens at 2: 48 am ET (06: 48 UTC) Saturday early morning. Weather condition is anticipated to be beneficial, with a 70 percent possibility of “go” conditions. If the Falcon 9 rocket can not make this launch effort for some factor, authorities stated at a press conference Thursday that the Cape Canaveral launch variety would participate in a week of upkeep, and stand down from launches throughout that time.
SpaceX will utilize a brand-new Falcon 9 rocket for this launch effort, however the Freight Dragon spacecraft formerly flew to the International Spaceport Station in August2017 For this objective, it will transport about 2.5 lots of materials to the station, consisting of more than 700 kg of science experiments, in addition to transferring NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 and Area Test Program-Houston 6 in its unpressurized trunk. As part of an agreement for 20 objectives in overall, this will be SpaceX’s 17 th supply objective to the spaceport station for NASA.
General, this will be the business’s 5th launch of 2019, and SpaceX’s 70 th launch of the Falcon 9 rocket. This story will be upgraded with webcast info, and other relevant information, as they appear later day.