On Thursday, June 1, SpaceX was in an attempt to send its first-ever cargo delivery to the astronauts in order to provide food, supplies and science experiments. But, unfortunately, a lightning strike near Cape Canaveral forced the company to delay until Saturday.
Although the lighting which happened almost 25 minutes before launch. But, it did not hit any of SpaceX‘s equipment but happened within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the launch pad.
NASA spokesman Mike Curie said, “The lightning flight rule requires 30 minutes for you to clear that before it is safe to launch. The weather has gotten us today.”
This Dragon cargo ship is packed with almost 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies, hardware, solar panels and equipment to study neutron stars. The supplies involve live mice to study the effects of osteoporosis and fruit flies for research on microgravity’s impact on the heart.
Now, according to reports “The next opportunity for SpaceX’s 11th commercial resupply mission aboard an unmanned Dragon cargo ship is now 5:07 pm (2107 GMT) on Saturday. Nasa will broadcast it live on their website.”
This gumdrop-shaped Dragon spaceship was overhauled after previously delivering the food and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) in September 2014. Later, it splashed back in the ocean intact.
Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s vice president of mission assurance said, “The majority of this Dragon has been in space before. However, we have replaced the heat shield.”
Although, SpaceX putting major efforts in order to make reuse of rockets by powering their first stage engines. This was the company’s long-running strategy to make space flight cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
About 10 minutes after Saturday launch, the company will attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground back at Cape Canaveral.
NASA said, “The weather forecast for Saturday is 60 percent favorable.”