International Space Station

SpaceX Christmas delivery delayed by communication problem


In this image taken from NASA Television, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft approaches the robotic arm for docking to the International Space Station, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.


(NASA TV via AP) A communication drop-out has delayed a Christmas delivery at the International Space Station.


A SpaceX capsule full of holiday goodies got to within 32 feet (10 meters) of the orbiting complex Saturday.


For safety, Mission Control ordered the Dragon capsule to back up to the 100-foot (30-meter) point.


NASA says there's no reason to think the Dragon still can't berth Saturday, three days after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida.


The trouble is with equipment in New Mexico that serves the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite system.






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