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Space X Falcon 9 Rocket Dragon Craft Launches Friday (LIVE STREAM)

Apr 18, 2014 02:24 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
Space X, Falcon 9 Rocket, Dragon Spacecraft

Friday is the day the Space X Falcon 9 Rocket dragon spacecraft CRS-3 mission launches after crews experienced difficulty in previous attempts preventing it from fulfilling its duties of putting supplies on the International Space Station.

Those interested can view the sight on the organization's website starting at 2:45 p.m. Friday, forty minutes until the 3:25 p.m. launch time Business Insider reported Friday.

The trip is the third of 12 trips it is taking to the station as part of a $1.6 billion agreement involving 12 flights to put about 44,000 pounds of equipment on the station Space Flight Now reported.

"Today's launch has been scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9's first stage. A fix will be implemented by the next launch opportunity on Friday April 18, though weather on that date isn't ideal," Space X said in a statement when the Helium Leak was noticed The Register reported.

According to The Independent, NASA  also previously verified information that a Multiplexer-Demultiplexer (MDM) backup computer mal-function was not picking up commands like it usually does. The administration will now fix the computer through a spacewalk.

The launch was originally scheduled for March until bacteria contamination forced them to delay the travels until at least March 30 Space Flight Now reported.

Machinists were worried the bacteria could cause the rocket to lose gas leading to greater issues for the rocket Space Flight Now reported.

Workers were also busy preparing to get the three person staffed the Russian Soyuz spacecraft on its way to the space station March 25, which ended up taking place before the Space X Falcon 9 lifted off.

The transporter has six cargo pieces, two of which are attached to one of its compartments, and is something that has never been secured onto the rocket before Space Flight Now reported.

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