SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket launch scrubbed due to lightning

This is an instant launch window, so if conditions aren't favorable or the launch is aborted for any other reason, a backup attempt will take place on Saturday, June 3 at 5:07 PM EDT.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX is kicking off a very busy launch month in June with a launch tomorrow, June 1st, with another mission to the International Space Station, SpaceX said on Wednesday.

The Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company is planning to re-fly a refurbished, uncrewed Dragon spacecraft on its second trip to the International Space Station on Thursday. However, inclement weather prompted a 48-hour scrub. Shireman explained that NASA has a fixed price contract with SpaceX for these launches so it does not quite work like that. Coverage starts at about 5:25 p.m. ET and liftoff is scheduled for about half an hour after that. This mini space shuttle launches on an expendable Atlas V rocket and lands on a runway. That missing 30 percent was due to some anvil and cumulus clouds in the forecast for that time of the day, NASA said. The SpaceX Dragon craft will be filled with almost 6,000 pounds of research, supplies and hardware for the ISS. One such experiment is the NICER, an instrument that will eventually be mounted to the outside of the ISS to search for neutron stars.

Live launch coverage of the SpaceX Nasa resupply CRS-11 mission launch will begin on Nasa Television, the SpaceX website and SpaceX's hosted webcast on YouTube at 5:15PM EST (10:15PM BST).


SpaceX is poised to blast off its next delivery of food, supplies and science experiments to the astronauts living at the International Space Station on Thursday, June 1. SpaceX is anticipating a dozen more missions this year, and has managed to maintain its goal of one launch every two weeks in May, with three launches anticipated in June.

While SpaceX's Dragon capsule makes history in the sky, the pad from where it launches is also celebrating a little history. It previously launched on the CRS-4 resupply mission. If successful, it should help SpaceX transition its Dragon production line to the crew variant of the vehicle, Dragon 2.

"This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the Solar System than any before them", said SpaceX.


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