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Space X Launch Date (UPDATE): March 30 Trip is More and More Likely

Mar 22, 2014 08:24 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
Space X, Delay, Falcon 9

Space X plans to send its Falcon 9 to the International Space Station at 10:50 p.m. March 30 after bacteria contamination prompted workers to correct the situation and make improvements.

"After careful review and analysis, engineering teams representing both the ISS and SpaceX have determined Dragon is ready to fly as-is," Space X said in a statement, Space Flight Now reported. " All parties agree that the particular constituents observed in Dragon's trunk are in line with the previously defined environments levels and do not impose additional risk to the payloads," SpaceX said in a statement," Space X said in the statement.

The germs which were discovered in the rocket's trunk  could also create issues with equipment on the spacecraft Space Flight Now reported Thursday.

Machinists were worried the bacteria could lose gas leading to greater issues for the rocket.

Workers are now subsequently correcting the Falcon 9's issues in time, which include examine one of the attached equipment, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science for laser optics so information can travel through space Space Flight Now reported.

Space X is also fixing four high-definition earth viewing cameras attached to the main section of the station.

Six cargo pieces are also fastened, two of which to one of its compartments, which is something that has never been secured onto the rocket before Space Flight Now reported.

The mission will be NASA's third one the company has initiated as part of a $1.6 billion agreement involving 12 flights to put about 44,000 pounds of equipment on the station.

NASA will also correspond with the International Space Station using an Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science also known as a OPALS via a connection out of Wrightwood, Calif that is expected to show and evaluate how it works by way of a tracker when the station hovers an antenna in Wrightwood at 100 second intervals.

"OPALS represents a tangible stepping stone for laser communications, and the International Space Station is a great platform for an experiment like this," Michael Kokorowski, project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory told Space Flight Now.

"Future operational laser communication systems will have the ability to transmit more data from spacecraft down to the ground than they currently do, mitigating a significant bottleneck for scientific investigations and commercial ventures," Kokorowski told Space Flight Now.

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