SpaceX Dragon capsule, the private spaceship, launch delayed
Dragon capsule the spaceship of SpaceX will not be launched as scheduled on April 30, 2012. Dragon capsule was expected to be the first private spaceship to be launched to the International Space Station.
The launch, which was supposed to take place on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, may not occur at least for a week. The unmanned spacecraft will fly a demonstration mission for future cargo deliveries to the space station under an agreement with NASA.
Artist's rendering of the cargo variant of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft (bottom) and the crewed variant (top right) both connected to the ISS. (Credit: Wikipedia).
According to SpaceX, "Dragon is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft being developed by SpaceX under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. Initiated internally by SpaceX in 2005, the Dragon spacecraft is made up of a pressurized capsule and unpressurized trunk used for Earth to LEO transport of pressurized cargo, unpressurized cargo, and/or crew members."
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