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TechnologyNASA delays SpaceX’s ISS resupply mission over space station glitch

16:36  01 may  2019
16:36  01 may  2019 Source:   bgr.com

SpaceX robot Ripley aboard Crew Dragon bound for space station

SpaceX robot Ripley aboard Crew Dragon bound for space station "Alien" fans, Ripley rides again. That's the name of the space-suited dummy aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon that launched Saturday, a hat tip to Ellen Ripley, the heroine of the sci-fi movie series. Crew Dragon is the first commercially operated spacecraft designed to carry astronauts, and the uncrewed demonstration mission to the International Space Station is a test to make sure everything works before humans are rocketed into space in the capsule. It's expected to dock Sunday at the space station.

The mission , which will be SpaceX ’ s 17th resupply trip for NASA to the ISS , will be fairly routine. As is typical of such missions , the cargo capsule will be packed with supplies Unfortunately, the space station ’s power distribution system is acting up, and it will take some time to complete the repairs.

It's only been a little over a week since a static test fire of SpaceX ' s Crew Dragon resulted in what appeared to be the complete destruction of the vehicle. SpaceX and NASA both cited the issue as an "anomaly" and have yet to comment further, but that doesn't mean SpaceX doesn&.

NASA delays SpaceX’s ISS resupply mission over space station glitch© Provided by Penske Media Corporation International-Space-Station

It’s only been a little over a week since a static test fire of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon resulted in what appeared to be the complete destruction of the vehicle. SpaceX and NASA both cited the issue as an “anomaly” and have yet to comment further, but that doesn’t mean SpaceX doesn’t have other work to do.

Unfortunately, another one of SpaceX’s many projects has hit its own snag, but this one definitely wasn’t the company’s fault. In a new update by NASA, the space agency says that SpaceX’s Dragon cargo resupply mission that was supposed to be headed to the International Space Station on May 1st has been pushed back to Friday, May 3rd, at the very earliest due to a power glitch.

NASA astronaut snaps dazzling Crew Dragon photo from ISS

NASA astronaut snaps dazzling Crew Dragon photo from ISS The SpaceX capsule stars in a stunner of an image.

SpaceX launch and landing of CRS-12. This is the twelfth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-12) from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA ’ s Kennedy

A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on April 8, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a resupply mission to the International Space Station . Dragon will deliver approximately 3.5 tons of supplies and experiments to the Expedition 47 crew

The mission, which will be SpaceX’s 17th resupply trip for NASA to the ISS, will be fairly routine. As is typical of such missions, the cargo capsule will be packed with supplies ranging from food and water to scientific experiments and equipment to be used by current and future ISS inhabitants.

Unfortunately, the space station’s power distribution system is acting up, and it will take some time to complete the repairs. NASA explains:

On April 29, the space station team identified an issue with one of the station’s Main Bus Switching Units that distributes power to two of the eight power channels on the station.  There are no immediate concerns for the crew or the station. Teams are working on a plan to robotically replace the failed unit and restore full power to the station system. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. The earliest possible launch opportunity is no earlier than Friday, May 3.

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, built to carry humans, is set to return home from its landmark test mission

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, built to carry humans, is set to return home from its landmark test mission SpaceX will bring its Crew Dragon spacecraft home from the International Space Station Friday, capping its historic first test flight. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); If all goes well, it'll bring SpaceX one step closer to ending the United States' years-long reliance on Russia to fly NASA astronauts to and from the ISS. Crew Dragon is SpaceX's first capsule built to carry humans.

The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station ( ISS ) under NASA ' s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch Tuesday

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched on the company' s Falcon 9 rocket on July 18 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida, carrying science Live coverage of the Dragon’ s July 20 rendezvous with the ISS will begin at 5:30 a.m. EDT on NASA TV.

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NASA delays SpaceX’s ISS resupply mission over space station glitch

Nothing lasts forever, and the ISS is no exception to that rule. Space station components regularly wear out and have to be replaced or upgraded, so this new wrinkle is nothing for NASA or the astronauts aboard the spacecraft to worry about, but it has led to the delay of SpaceX’s supply run.

If all goes well, NASA will see the Dragon cargo vessel launch by the end of the week.

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