SpaceX sets launch reusable rocket Falcon 9 from

Dec

20

2015

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday will not take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. There are problems with the rocket, but the expectation is that this can be solved quickly, making a launch on Sunday belongs to the possibilities.

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, said on Twitter know that the intention is to launch towards the International Space Station Sunday, when the test data look good. Although the Falcon 9 rocket is positioned vertically on the launch platform stands were there Friday problems detected in a test based was whether the systems functioned properly during static ignition.

For SpaceX, the Falcon 9 launch of an important enterprise. If an earlier launch of such a missile in June went wrong, and the ship exploded shortly after takeoff due to problems in a fuel tank. Extensive testing before launch must therefore prevent this from happening again, and ensure that SpaceX also may continue to carry out launches in the future for NASA.

It also wants the aerospace company to make sure that the Falcon 9 rocket can be used multiple times. Before that the countries had an offshore platform which is specially made for the landing. In previous attempts it always went wrong and the rocket had to be considered lost. At the next launch SpaceX wants to land on the ground, rather than on the offshore platform. Furthermore, the SpaceX rocket adjusted so that there is more power to adjust during landing.

Besides the unmanned flights to the international space station, there are also plans for manned missions. SpaceX delivers a competition with Boeing to be able to make the first manned mission to the space station. NASA later decides which company is eligible. Nevertheless, the space agency on Friday with Boeing agreed that a minimum of two manned missions are flown. That decision followed a number of successful test runs with the CST-100 Starliner which Boeing intends to use for the missions. Currently, Americans are still dependent on the Russians for manned flights.

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