Sunday, September 25, 2011

SpaceX ISS Demo Flight May Be Delayed

Aviation Week reports that NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations William Gerstenmaier will be in Moscow this week to discuss with Russian officials the timing for future Soyuz launches and the SpaceX Falcon 9 ISS demo flight.

After years of delays, fledgling rocket company Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is ready to launch NASA’s first commercial cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this fall. But that opportunity may continue to elude SpaceX for a while longer, as a recent Soyuz launch failure could prompt yet another schedule slip ...

With less than two months remaining before the planned launch date, Dragon is still undergoing electromagnetic interference testing but is expected to ship to SpaceX’s launch pad at Cape Canaveral AFS by the end of September, according to SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell.

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