Who will challenge Dragon? Dragon spaceship postponed until March

by Olga Zakutnyaya
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Nov 28, 2012

The head of the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Elon Musk has foretold a grim future for the European Ariane 5 rocket launcher, but SpaceX’s own project, the Dragon spaceship, bound for the International Space Station, has now been postponed until March, 2013.

It’s thought that could be due to malfunctions in the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and in Dragon’s onboard systems that were discovered during the latest flight from 7th to 28th of October, 2012. Next year will hopefully see Cygnus, another private spacecraft, supplying the ISS after the shuttle program was closed.

The Dragon’s third flight to the ISS in October was also its first operational mission under a Commercial Resupply Services contract made with NASA under the new Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Program.

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