The Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX on Tuesday deferred the historical launch of its Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) till Friday.
SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket was scheduled to blast off from Space Launch Complex 40 of Cape Canaveral in Florida at 6:20 am on Tuesday. But it was called off in the last minute as a problem was detected in the actuator drift that affected the motors responsible for controlling the second stage’s rocket thrust.
NASA commentator George Diller said that the launch team spotted the problem and liftoff was called off when less than a minute and a half was left in the countdown.
According to NASA, the next launch of Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket is scheduled at 5:09 am ET on Friday. The weathermen forecast a 70 percent chance of acceptable weather conditions for launch.
The unmanned Dragon capsule loaded with around 5,000 pounds of food, scientific items and supplies for experiments will be carried atop a Falcon 9 rocket.
The Falcon 9 rocket intends to successfully finish the fifth resupply mission of SpaceX under a USD 1.6 billion deal with NASA.
The SpaceX’s resupply mission to ISS was earlier scheduled for late December. However, it was postponed after a test-firing of Falcon 9 booster’s nine Merlin 1D engines gave unpleasant results against what was planned. Additionally, the postponement of the space mission was also forced by the unfavorable conditions near the space station because of the excessive heating due to the sun’s angle relative to it.