SpaceX Launch to the ISS Delayed
This afternoon, SpaceX issued the following statement regarding its upcoming NASA demonstration flight to the International Space Station. SpaceX says it’s not going to make the April 30 target launch date from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., so the company is working with NASA to set a new target launch date, perhaps a week later.
Update on SpaceX COTS 2 Launch
After reviewing our recent progress, it was clear that we needed more time to finish hardware-in-the-loop testing and properly review and follow up on all data. While it is still possible that we could launch on May 3rd, it would be wise to add a few more days of margin in case things take longer than expected. As a result, our launch is likely to be pushed back by one week, pending coordination with NASA. We will send out an announcement when a new target it set.
Our US connection – John Sullivan – also made the following observation:
“There is also an Atlas 5 trying to get out of the Kennedy Launch Pads the same week, and the USAF Range does not have the capability to reconfigure between launch pads quickly so I’d expect Space X to launch May 7th or later.”
This is only an educated guess. We will publish an update as it happens.