SpaceX Cargo Ship Turned Away From ISS Landing

Posted February 24, 2017

Furthermore, in one of her statements reported by Space, Jessica Jenson, the Dragon mission manager at SpaceX, has described the mission as a super-exciting day.

This was not the mission's first small delay.

Computers on board the Dragon triggered the abort after recognizing an incorrect value in data about the location of the space station.

The cargo launched into space on Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, marking SpaceX's 10th resupply mission under a contract with NASA. "A ideal vehicle for SpaceX, as it arrived right on time". There was no impact to the space station, and crew onboard was in no danger. The capture took place as the space station and the capsule flew in orbit 250 miles off of Australia's northwest coast.

Dragon was only seven-tenths of a mile away from the space station when the Global Positioning System error was detected.

The Dragon capsule, which is scheduled to be captured by the ISS' robotic arm on Wednesday, is filled with almost 5,500 pounds of supplies and science experiment equipment for the astronauts aboard the orbiting lab.

The capsule's attempt to dock on Wednesday morning was aborted because of a navigation problem. Japan also sends cargo ships to the space station. The private company, led by tech billionaire Elon Musk, has been making station deliveries since 2012.

Astronauts will be busy unloading goods again tomorrow, with a second shipment of supplies arriving on Friday morning aboard the Russian Progress cargo carrier at 08:34 GMT.

In December, Russia lost a load of station supplies shortly after liftoff.

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