SpaceX CRS-5 Launch Scrubbed for Today – UPDATE

SpaceX CRS-5 Launch Scrubbed for Today – UPDATE

SpaceX scrubbed its launch of its fifth operational cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) this morning 81 seconds before launch. The countdown had been proceeding smoothly, but, according to NASA, was scrubbed when a thrust vector control actuator on the second stage did not perform as expected.

The mission, Space-X CRS-5 or SpX-5, is carrying 5,108 pounds of food, water, clothing, research experiments, and  equipment for the ISS crew. 

The next launch opportunity is on Friday, January 9, at 5:09 am Eastern Standard Time (EST) and NASA TV coverage will begin at 4:00 am EST if SpaceX determines it is ready for launch that day.

A planned post-launch briefing was cancelled.  NASA said to check for updates.

Interest in this launch is especially high because SpaceX plans to land the Falcon 9 first stage on an autonomous drone ship as the next step in its plans to make the first stage reusable.

Note:  this article was updated several times as new information became available.

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