SpaceX Dragon capsule aborts attempt to dock at space station

SpaceX Dragon capsule aborts attempt to dock at space station

The mission is part of SpaceX's $3bn (£2.4bn) contract with Nasa to resupply the space station through 2024.

However, as cool as the Flacon 9 landing was, the launchpad used by the Falcon 9 is something even more special.

SpaceX Dragon cargo craft's rendezvous to the space station was aborted early Wednesday morning after the spacecraft's computers received an incorrect navigational update, triggering an automatic wave off. It was originally supposed to dock yesterday, but the computer on board the Dragon aborted the rendezvous because of an issue with the capsule's Global Positioning System.

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This is SpaceX's first mission from the Kennedy Space Center since one of its rockets blew up past year. SpaceX said the problem can be resolved before another attempt to delivery supplies on Thursday, said the AP. There was no impact to the space station, and crew onboard was in no danger. "The next rendezvous attempt is targeted for Thursday morning".

A NASA commander and a European Space Agency engineer captured the Dragon space capsule just before 6 a.m. ET using a robotic arm, according to NASA.

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship has aborted its mission to the International Space Station, after a software glitch.

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The capsule also carried dozens of experiments to be conducted inside station laboratories, including stem cell research. The space company has been transporting supplies to the space station since 2012.

The Progress is carrying another 5,400 pounds of fuel and supplies to the station. The upper stage of the Soyuz rocket and the cargo ship ended up in pieces over Siberia.

The 250-mile-high station is home to two Americans, three Russians and France's Pesquet.

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