A RESUPPLY mission to the International Space Station has been suspended indefinitely due to a fuel leak from the SpaceX-manufactured Dragon capsule.
The leak was discovered just before the ship was to be assembled on the launch pad.
The Dragon is SpaceX’s reusable space capsule that can seat up to seven people – it has 16 engines attached to the underside to control space travel.
Engineers noticed “increased vapor levels” from the capsule’s explosive fuel and today’s launch was aborted.
Fuel has been removed from the section of the spacecraft where technical problems have been experienced.
“Once the exact source of the elevated readings is identified and the cause determined, the joint NASA and SpaceX teams will set and announce a new target launch date,” Nasa said.
When the resupply mission lifts off, an unmanned capsule will carry a payload of 4,500 pounds of food and supplies to the ISS, it said space travel now.
Fortunately, the astronauts currently on board are not in distress – a resupply mission organized by Russia arrived at the door of the ISS on June 3rd.
The resupply mission, known as CRS-25, is the fifth flight in the second commercial agreement between NASA and SpaceX.
TechCrunch reported that SpaceX earned $3 billion for 20 missions to the ISS under the first contract between the private space company and the United States Federal Space Agency.
This particular Dragon capsule has been on the ISS on two other occasions.
Malfunctions of this capsule could be due to the unforgiving environment of space and the challenges of space reusability.
SpaceX will proceed with other launches scheduled for today.
A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral shortly after 5:00 p.m. and drop a satellite in orbit about Egypt.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/news-tech/8925803/nasa-alarmed-by-spacex-craft-leaking-volatile-fuel/ NASA is alarmed because SpaceX vehicles are “running out of volatile fuel” and ISS astronauts are waiting for supplies