dglobalnews.com Computer Glitch Prevents SpaceX From Docking At Space Station
Published: Fri, February 24, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Computer Glitch Prevents SpaceX From Docking At Space Station

Meanwhile, a few hours before Dragon aborted its rendezvous, an unpiloted Russian resupply ship - lProgress 66 (66P) - was launched from Kazakhstan on a two-day trip to the station's Pirs docking compartment.

However, things might get a bit crowded if the Dragon capsule is forced to abort again.

Dragon is in excellent shape and neither the crew nor the station were in any danger, the USA space agency assured. SpaceX said the problem is well understood and can be fixed before Thursday morning's delivery attempt.

As The Two-Way reported, today's is not the first delay for the SpaceX Dragon. It is the 10th supply mission that SpaceX has flown for NASA.

SpaceX is now working on another version of the Dragon that aims to ferry people to space as early as 2018.

The spacecraft was successfully captured at 5:44 a.m. EST (1044 GMT) by European astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, using the orbiting lab's robotic arm.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 in flight during a February 19, 2017 cargo mission to the International Space Station. "Not only did SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lift off without a hitch, its first stage also returned to land right back on a platform on Earth".

Musk hopes to use SpaceX to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars.

The docking failure occurred on SpaceX's second successful launch and landing since a September 2016 explosion destroyed one of its rockets on the launch pad.

It's a busy traffic week at the International Space Station. It carries almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the six-member Expedition 50 crew and will arrive on Friday.

Apparently, the pod was only about three quarters of a mile away from the station when the error happened.

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