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SpaceX launch from Cape delayed to January

Mission will carry supplies to International Space Station

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(Florida Today)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Friday's SpaceX launch has been delayed to early January, the private space company said.

A series of issues are working against the launch.

"While the recent static fire test accomplished nearly all of our goals, the test did not run the full duration.  The data suggests we could push forward without a second attempt, but out of an abundance of caution, we are opting to execute a second static fire test prior to launch," SpaceX said Thursday morning.  "Given the extra time needed for data review and testing, coupled with the limited launch date availability due to the holidays and other restrictions, our earliest launch opportunity is now Jan. 6."

A second complication facing the launch involved the angle of the sun on the International Space Station -- if it had docked, it could have faced temperature issues and overheated.

"Both Falcon 9 and Dragon (capsule) remain in good health, and our teams are looking forward to launch just after the New Year," SpaceX said.