The launch of Dragon cargo to the ISS were cancelled for half a minute before the start
WASHINGTON, 18 Feb — RIA Novosti. The launch of the carrier rocket Falcon 9 with the Dragon spacecraft with cargo for the International space station was canceled in 30 seconds before the start due to technical problems in the engine of the second stage. The broadcast is NASA.
The launch, which was scheduled from Cape Canaveral in the U.S. in 18:01 GMT transferred in the day, said the broadcaster.
“It may be associated with the identified problem with the Merlin engine thrust vector steering of the second stage of the rocket,” he said, explaining that the engineering team needs to understand what is happening and how serious a problem is identified.
A new launch attempt will take place on Sunday at 17:38 GMT
SCRUB! Today’s launch of @SpaceX Dragon to the @Space_Station has been called off. Live updates: https://t.co/mzKW5uDsTi pic.twitter.com/ppY9WgZCYS
— NASA (@NASA) February 18, 2017
Truck company SpaceX to deliver into orbit about 2.5 tons of cargo, primarily materials for scientific experiments. As reported by NASA ahead of launch, the ISS provided with a sufficient supply of water and provisions.
This is the first mission of Dragon to the ISS after September 1, 2016 Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad in preparation for pre-launch firing test.
In January SpaceX resumed the interrupted due to the accident starts and put into orbit a commercial satellite.