SpaceX now targeting June 28 launch of ISS cargo

November 20, 2012 – 04:29 pm

spx6_iss043e190604SpaceX's next International Space Station resupply mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is now scheduled for 10:21 a.m. on Sunday, June 28.

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SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule docked to the Earth facing port of the Harmony module during the company’s sixth commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station, launched April 14 from Cape Canaveral.(Photo: NASA)

SpaceX's next International Space Station resupply mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is now scheduled for 10:21 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, two days later than previously planned.

The company is taking a bit more time to accommodate normal launch preparations, not working any problems with a Falcon 9 rocket or Dragon spacecraft.

The resupply mission is SpaceX's seventh of 15 under a NASA contract.

The company had been targeting the launch for next Friday morning. Instead of a launch that day, SpaceX will test-fire the Falcon booster's nine main engines on the pad at Launch Complex 40, a standard prelaunch test.

The Dragon will deliver to the ISS more than 5, 000 pounds supplies, experiments and parts including a docking adapter needed to receive commercial U.S. spacecraft arriving with astronauts in two or three years, after launches from the Space Coast.

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