California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) reported today that it is going to delay its February 7 mission to the International Space Station. However, the company has not told about the next launch date.
“In preparation for the upcoming launch, SpaceX continues to conduct extensive testing and analysis,” spokeswoman Kirstin Brost Grantham said in an email announcement today. “We believe that there are a few areas that will benefit from additional work and will optimize the safety and success of this mission. We are now working with NASA to establish a new target launch date, but note that we will continue to test and review data. We will launch when the vehicle is ready.”
SpaceX is the first commercial space company to launch a capsule, orbit the Earth and recovered the capsule upon re-entry. It is working with other companies to win NASA contracts in order to resupply the space station and eventually becoming a commercial transport service for astronauts. Commercial space companies are supported by NASA and the White House because they would fill the gap while NASA will go for deep-space missions.
The February launch would set for unmanned Dragon capsule to meet the station and put SpaceX closer to its regular missions there.
According to Grantham, SpaceX spokeswoman, the company will soon launch the new date and particular reasons could not be provided for the delay at this time. Although, it has been said that the company requires more time to prepare the vehicle.
“We are now working with NASA to establish a new target launch date, but note that we will continue to test and review data,” Grantham said. “We will launch when the vehicle is ready.”