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SpaceX Launch To International Space Station Delayed For Code Tweaks 97

Posted by timothy
from the ones-where-the-zeroes-were dept.
RogerRoast writes "The first private spaceship launch to the International Space Station has been delayed, possibly by at least a week, the vehicle's makers announced Monday. The commercial spaceflight company SpaceX was set to launch its Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket April 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida." The article quotes SpaceX lead Elon Musk's twittered explanation: "Am pushing launch back approx a week to do more testing on Dragon docking code. New date pending coordination with @NASA."
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SpaceX Launch To International Space Station Delayed For Code Tweaks

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  • Re:Elon Musk (Score:1, Interesting)

    by XPeter (1429763) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @09:09AM (#39780875) Homepage

    They already have thousands of pre-orders for the Model S, and I'm betting they'll get even more for the Model X

  • NASA behind this (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @09:21AM (#39780979)

    Not that SpaceX is infallible - but I think it's NASA behind this requiring an insane amount of testing. They employ the Monte Carlo method of testing which basically tests every (or at least a random sample) value of each input variable and the combinations there of. I don't care who you are, but that method of testing is going to result in "issues" coming to the surface. The problem is that the issues will be extremely rare if not practically impossible. And Musk is not in a position to criticize them, since he wants their business for cargo and crew services.

    Not saying this kind of testing isn't valuable, but it doesn't lend itself well to schedules.

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