The American space agency NASA announced that a new launch attempt to the International Space Station (ISS) of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with the Crew Dragon manned spacecraft will be made on March 2. Recall that the launch of the NASA SpaceX Crew-6 mission was supposed to take place yesterday, February 27, but at the last moment it was canceled due to technical issues. The mission crew includes Russian cosmonaut Andrei Fedyaev, NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg, and UAE astronaut Sultan Al-Neyadi.
Monday’s launch was canceled due to problems with ground systems, NASA said. The specialists decided to stop pre-launch work in order to investigate the problem with obtaining data confirming the full load of the ignition source of the Merlin engines of the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. This type of engine uses the TEA-TEB flammable liquid, a mixture of triethylaluminum and triethylborane, as an ignition source.
“I am proud that the NASA and SpaceX teams are focused and dedicated to keeping Crew-6 safe. Human spaceflight is inherently risky and, as always, we will fly when we are ready,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.