Cape Canaveral, Florida (Tue, May 22) – SpaceX is set to go for their second attempt within a week time on the wee hours of Tuesday at sending the first private spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) after the initial launch over the weekend was aborted just few moments before blast off.
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket - carrying cargo capsule dubbed as ‘Dragon’ filled with food, supplies and science experiments - is scheduled to liftoff at 3:44 a.m. Eastern Time from NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Earlier on Saturday (May 19); the countdown reached all the way to practically zero and the engine ignition sequence started Saturday, but there was an automatic shutdown by on-board computers which led to abort the liftoff subsequently. (Read full report here)
In a statement on Monday SpaceX revealed that the first attempt to launch Falcon 9 was aborted when a flight computer detected “high pressure in the engine 5 combustion chamber.”
The statement pointed out that during thorough check up of the engine, SpaceX engineers found a defective check valve on the Merlin engine. The faulty valve was replaced on Saturday, and after careful analysis, the vehicle had got clearance for launch."
The mission is designed to establish whether SpaceX can deliver cargo to the ISS. The company is one of the few private companies getting funds from NASA with the aim to deliver cargo into orbit.
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