Update: SpaceX rocket launch and ocean platform landing delayed until January

December 18, 2014 11:21 PM

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Update 12/18/2014: SpaceX has delayed the December 19 launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, after a routine pre-launch static fire test of the craft didn’t go as planned. During the trial, the rocket’s engine lit up, but didn’t run throughout the full duration of the test. The launch has therefore been postponed until an indeterminate date in January. “This will provide SpaceX engineers time to investigate further some of the issues that arose from the static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket on 16 December, and will avoid beta angle constraints for berthing the Dragon cargo ship to the station that exist through the end of the year,” NASA said, adding that it would also allow the crews time off to enjoy the holidays.

One massive problem with current space travel methods is that the vast majority of rockets and other spacecraft aren’t designed to be reusable. Millions of dollars go into constructing and launching them into orbit, yet most are left to float through space or crash back down to Earth rather than bei...

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