SpaceX Scrubs Falcon 9 Launch to ISS, Barge Landing Test, Friday Redo Targeted

January 6, 2015 9:47 PM

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SpaceX Scrubs Falcon 9 Launch to ISS, Barge Landing Test, Friday Redo Targeted

SpaceX had to scrub its first launch of 2015 at roughly 5:09 am this morning, which would have used the company's Falcon 9 booster to send its reusable Dragon resupply vessel to the International Space Station (ISS) with a shipment of supplies. It now is hoping for a Friday do-over for the critical launch, which was set for the most ambitious test yet of SpaceX's cost-saving booster reuse plan.

The mission is a pivotal one for SpaceX as it marks the company's first attempt at the delicate maneuver of landing a core piece of the Falcon 9 (v1.1) booster rocket on a barge in the ocean near the launch site after detaching. The Dragon capsule has always been reusable (recovered via ocean splas...

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