The launch of SpaceX’s next cargo mission has been postponed for at least an additional two weeks, to no later than July 11.
The mission, called CRS-25, will send a robot SpaceX Dragon capsule towards International Space Station Atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The CRS-25 was originally scheduled to launch on June 10, but NASA and SpaceX pushed the target date back to June 28 after noticing elevated vapor levels of hydrazine — the propellant used by the Draco Draco engines — in part of the spacecraft’s propulsion system. .
Today (June 13) NASA announced that there will be an additional delay for CRS-25.
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“After unloading the fuel from that area [of Dragon’s propulsion system]SpaceX has managed to narrow down the source of the problem to the Draco thruster valve inlet connection,” agency officials Books in today’s update (Opens in a new tab).
They added, “Teams will now remove selected hardware for replacement prior to flight. NASA and SpaceX now target a date no later than July 11 to launch the CRS-25 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.”
CRS-25 will be the 25th unmanned resupply mission SpaceX Fly to NASA’s orbiting laboratory. The company has also entered into a contract with the agency to transport astronauts to and from the station and has launched five such manned missions so far, counting a two-person test flight launched in May 2020.
The CRS-25 will not be the first flight of the designated Dragon capsule. The spacecraft was also launched on cargo missions to the station in December 2020 and August 2021.
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