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PARIS -- Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has pushed a Dec. 19 Dragon cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to Jan. 6 after a recent static fire test of the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle was cut short.
“While the recent static fire test accomplished nearly all of our goals, the test did not run the full duration,” SpaceX spokesman John Taylor said in a statement to Aviation Week. “The data suggests we could push forward without a second attempt, but out of an abundance of caution, we are opting to execute a second static fire test prior to launch.”
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: ScientificRailgun
Another reason for the slip is that the ISS is about to enter a period of daylight for ten days. When they're in that phase there are thermal considerations preventing docking. A launch on the sixth docks the day after it ends.