SpaceX has to try again for Dragon hookup

SpaceX Dragon
A SpaceX Dragon capsule flies in orbit during an earlier resupply mission. (NASA Photo)

NASA and SpaceX had to call off today’s planned arrival of a robotic Dragon cargo spaceship at the International Space Station today due to a navigational glitch.

“Dragon’s onboard computers triggered the abort after recognizing an incorrect value in navigational data about the location of Dragon relative to the space station,” NASA said in an online update. “Flight controllers immediately began planning for a second rendezvous attempt on Thursday, Feb. 23.”

SpaceX said its commercial cargo transport ship was “in good health,” and NASA said the space station’s crew was in good shape as well. One of the crew members, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, tweeted some consoling words about the wave-off.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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