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SpaceX Dragon CRS-3 mission launch scrubbed again

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Posted in Science on 2nd Apr, 2014 01:50 AM by AlexMuller

SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-3 mission to the International Space Station has once again been scrubbed. NASA confirmed that the launch of the unmanned cargo ship has been delayed due to the failure of a tracking radar, which meant that the launch could not meet the minimum public safety requirements.

 
In a statement, NASA explained that the delay in the launch of the CRS-3 mission was not due to any fault in the spacecraft or its launch system, but because a tracking radar developed a fault on March 24. A short circuit caused the radar unit to overheat and rendered it inoperable. The US Air Force is evaluating the damage and how to repair it, but the estimate is that it will take at least three weeks. However, engineers are looking at ways to speed up the work.
 
This is the second delay for CRS-3. Originally slated to launch on March 16, this date was pushed back because a contaminant was found in the unpressurized cargo module of the spacecraft. Because of concerns that the oily contaminant would boil away in the vacuum of space and coat the delicate optics of some equipment headed for the ISS, the launch was cancelled to allow time to unload the spacecraft and clean out the contaminant.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-02
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This is an important step for NASA and SpaceX - they have to get this right and the delays are much better than risks. I hope all works well next time
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-02
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I think that it is wise to take time and make sure that all is in place for the SpaceX Dragon CRS-3 mission- SpaceX needs to keep up its very good reputation Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-02
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SpaceX has great ambitions and is doing well. Elon Musk has said that he established SpaceX primarily to help humanity become a multiplanet species, and he hopes the company plays a prominent role in getting a Mars colony up and running. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-02
+3
Another important thing is that Spacex is to test reusable stage combustion raptor rocket engine this year. This is a methane-fueled engine and will be "a new trick" for SpaceX. Reply


 

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