US space shuttle and rocket maker SpaceX has postponed its rocket launch attempt, which will ferry four astronauts to the International Space Station for a NASA mission, due to a technical malfunction.
According to the statement made by SpaceX officials, the attempted launch of the rocket, which was to be carried out from the Kennedy Space Center, was halted two minutes before launch due to a malfunction in its engine’s ignition system.
Authorities believe the problem lies with the ground equipment used to charge the engine ignition fluid.
While no new date has been set for the rocket launch attempt, the spacecraft that will carry two American astronauts, a Russian astronaut and an Emirati astronaut is expected to be dispatched tomorrow, if weather conditions in the region are suitable.
They are doing well and will look forward to sending them off at the start of their mission, said Stephen Bowen, the team leader, who is waiting for the full rocket launch for the space shuttle landing.
Bowen and his team of astronauts will take charge aboard the International Space Station starting in October of last year.
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