The next launch of one of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft atop one of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets is now slated to occur no-earlier-than March of next year. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert / Wired4Space

Next SpaceX Commercial Resupply Flight Delayed

By David Darling

The second commercial flight of Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Dragon cargo vessel to the International Space Station (ISS) has been pushed back from January until no-earlier-than March 1, 2013. The delay, announced by NASA managers, will allow more time for investigation of the Falcon 9 engine malfunction which occurred during the launch of the first commercial Dragon mission on Oct. 7.

Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX is tasked with supplying Dragon spacecraft and the two-stage Falcon 9 launch vehicles to NASA under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract. The speed in which SpaceX has reached this historic milestone has been nothing short of a whirlwind.

Things, however, did not go off without a hitch during SpaceX’s last flight.

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