SpaceX CRS-13 launch slips to Dec. 8
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the CRS-13 cargo Dragon spacecraft has slipped to no-earlier-than Dec. 8 with the instantaneous (1 second) launch window now slated to open at 1:20 p.m. EST (6:20 p.m. GMT).
The mission had been scheduled to get underway on Dec. 4 at 2:53 p.m. EST (7:53 p.m. GMT).
If everything goes as the Hawthorne, California-based company has planned, this will mark the first time that Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) has been used since the Sept. 1, 2016 explosion of another Falcon 9 rocket which destroyed the rocket, the $185 million Amos-6 satellite and much of the infrastructure SLC-40.
Since that time SpaceX has used Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A to send private and military payloads as well as other cargo Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station per the $1.6 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract that SpaceX has signed with NASA.
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