While the footage was apparently published an employee, both NASA and SpaceX have been tight-lipped about the matter so far. SpaceX's webcast will begin about 20 minutes before liftoff. The launch was previously scheduled for May 1 but postponed because of a problem with a switching unit that routes power on the station.
NASA officials explained today (March 2) during a prelaunch news conference that, thanks to some diligent robotic work, the power issues on the ISS have been remedied.
SpaceX's resupply mission will provide the ISS with almost 2,500kg of research materials, crew supplies and hardware.
Todd also said that NASA worked closely with SpaceX to confirm that there was no commonality between the systems involved in the Crew Dragon anomaly and those on the cargo Dragon. More crew Dragons are being built and can be used for this test, according to Koenigsmann. The mission, dubbedDemo-1, lasted for just six days and demonstrated the capsule's ability to dock to (and undock from) the space station.
As to the schedule of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which plans to return astronauts to space from the American soil for the first time since 2011, SpaceX is not yet sure where it stands in the timeline.More news: Sixers down Raptors to level series
SpaceX is now scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex 40 at 8.11am United Kingdom time or 3.11am EDT tomorrow.
Ahead of the announcement, an internal email sent to employees of a major NASA contractor and obtained by the Orlando Sentinel appeared to finally confirm that the Crew Dragon capsule did, in fact, explode during the test.
Koenigsmann said he does not believe the thrusters themselves caused the accident. Flames engulfed the capsule a half-second before the launch-abort thrusters were to fire.
The SuperDraco thrusters are created to let the Dragon spacecraft land with pinpoint accuracy.
The investigation is still ongoing, with SpaceX and NASA working together to figure out what, exactly, happened to the SuperDraco thrusters. "We were able to get our arms around the common areas that we had to look at, that they had to look at", he said.More news: First Measles Case Of 2019 Confirmed In Orange County
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was spectacularly destroyed during a ground test in 2016 when a high-pressure helium tank, known as a carbon overwrap pressure vessel, or COPV, catastrophically ruptured.
SpaceX still can not access the testing area at Cape Canaveral for safety reasons, according to Koenigsmann.
The company announced via email on May 2 that it meant to land the booster on one of two SpaceX drone ships, something it has done 24 times before.
The capsule measures about 20 feet tall by 12 feet in diameter, and will carry up to 7 astronauts at a time. The company issues an alert for residents to expect a sonic boom. Forecasts improve to 70 percent for a backup launch date May 4 at 2:48 a.m.
At the time of the initial incident, NASA said it's too early to revise the target launch dates. Once the spare was installed, station power was fully restored. Dragon will remain attached to the station until about May 31.More news: Sonic the Hedgehog director promises Sonic redesign after the internet went insane