Tuesday, April 24, 2012

SpaceX delays launch

Next week's launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule will be delayed at least a week, the company said. The delay will allow for additional testing. Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, planned to launch its demonstration mission Monday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program. (Sources: multiple, including Florida Today, Space, Huntsville Times, 04/24/12) Gulf Coast note: NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss., tests rocket engines for some of the companies involved in commercial space ventures.