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Space X Falcon 9 Rocket Dragoncraft: Next Launch Scheduled For Friday

Apr 16, 2014 02:11 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
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Space X set a Friday at 3:25 p.m. launch time for the Falcon 9 rocket spacecraft's retry toward the International Space Station however weather conditions could hinder it again until Saturday.

According to Space Coast Daily those interested can view the launch online through a live stream on Space X's website beginning an hour before at 2:45 p.m.

"During Monday's launch attempt, preflight checks detected that a helium valve in the stage separation pneumatic system was not holding the right pressure," SpaceX said in a statement. "This meant that the stage separation pistons would be reliant on a backup check valve.

"No issue was detected with the backup valve and a flight would likely have been successful, but SpaceX policy is not to launch with any known anomalies. We have brought the vehicle back to horizontal and are replacing the faulty valve, as well as inspecting the whole system for anything that may have contributed to the valve not working as designed," Space X said in the statement.

If all goes well Friday, the rocket and dragon spacecraft would reach the International Space Station Sunday so the spacecraft can reach the station in a two day timeframe.

If the transporter goes up into space Saturday the time frame would move to April 22 Space Coast Daily reported.

If Friday and Saturday aren't a success, the trip is expected to be pushed back to June 10, which therefore means the Orbital Sciences Corporation maker of equipment for space would ready the transporter for launch May 6 Space Flight Now reported.

Orbital Sciences is set up to bring supplies to the International Space Station via an Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo craft through a $1.9 million aircraft.

A spacewalk to repair the rocket's Multiplexer-Demultiplexer (MDM) backup computer from a mal-function originally canceled after the rocket's previous failed attempt would then take place Sunday.

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