SpaceX is a company that designed and developed one of the first private spacecraft used by NASA to ferry supplies to the ISS. The ISS is the orbiting space station that is home to an international crew of astronauts from around the world.
Thanks to SpaceX and other companies, the US can send supplies and experiments to the ISS without having to rely on other countries. To get astronauts to the ISS, the US hitches a ride on Russian spacecraft.
SpaceX was set to launch a Falcon rocket with a Dragon capsule set to rendezvous with the ISS this week. The countdown to launch was on and had only an hour to go before liftoff. However, SpaceX personnel found a problem with the rocket in the form of a leak reports NY Daily News.
Had the leak not been discovered, the launch could have resulted in an explosion and the loss of all the content of the capsule. The launch was cancelled until repairs can be made to the spacecraft. SpaceX says that it thinks the issue can be fixed by Friday.
That will be the last chance to fly to the ISS before astronauts have to make repairs to the orbiting platform having to do with the cooling system that has been trouble prone of late. The leak that stopped the launch was of helium in the first stage of the rocket. If repairs can’t be made by Friday, there is no indication of when the launch might take place.
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