Tuesday, October 4, 2011

SpaceX Demo Flight May Slip to January

Florida Today reports that the historic first flight of a private capsule to the International Space Station may be delayed a few weeks.

The launch of a Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station had been targeted for Nov. 30.

But ongoing technical preparations and an uncertain schedule of flights to the International Space Station after a Russian launch failure in August will push the mission back by at least a few weeks.

SpaceX has tentatively requested a launch opportunity Dec. 19, but CEO Elon Musk said last week in Washington, D.C., that the mission’s timing looks “more like January.”

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