Thursday, April 26, 2012

Space launch to ISS now next week

Major milestone in private space

One of the success stories of the last few years in space industry is SpaceX, which persevered through early failures to fly their small Falcon 1 and medium-lift Falcon 9.  Their Dragon reusable capsule is slated to become the first private vehicle to dock with the International Space Station. The firm founded by Internet zillionare Elon Musk has slipped that launch date several times. Now it looks like May 7.  Their press release: "After reviewing our recent progress, it was clear that we needed more time to finish hardware-in-the-loop testing and properly review and follow up on all data. While it is still possible that we could launch on May 3rd, it would be wise to add a few more days of margin in case things take longer than expected. As a result, our launch is likely to be pushed back by one week, pending coordination with NASA."

Fingers crossed for May 7!

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