• SpaceX weathers delay, heads for International Space Station

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX weathered a delay of nearly a day and headed for the International Space Center Saturday morning, according to NASA.

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    Update 5:05 a.m. EDT May 4: SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft finally took off after a 23-hour delay Saturday morning.


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    The spacecraft’s CRS-17 resupply mission to the International Space Station lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 2:48 a.m., according to NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket deployed Dragon into orbit less than 10 minutes later.

    The flight was scrubbed Friday morning after a power outage on the booster recovery drone, according to NASA.

    Update 3:20 a.m. EDT May 3: NASA said it would attempt to launch SpaceX on Saturday at 2:48 a.m. EDT.

    Original report: SpaceX is planning to launch thousands of pounds of supplies, research equipment and hardware to the International Space Station early Friday.

    The launch announcement comes after SpaceX completed a static fire test of its Falcon 9 rocket Saturday.

    The rocket is set to blast off at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 3:11 a.m.

    This launch will mark SpaceX’s 17th mission under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract to send cargo to the International Space Station.

    SpaceX originally targeted May 1 for the mission, but it was asked by NASA to move the launch to Friday.


     

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