SpaceX now targeting June 28 launch to space station

Dragon capsule to deliver experiments, parts

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo spacecraft on the pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 40 before a Jan. 6 launch attempt. (SpaceX)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX's next International Space Station resupply mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is now scheduled for 10:21 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, two days later than previously planned.

The company is taking a bit more time to accommodate normal launch preparations, not working any problems with a Falcon 9 rocket or Dragon spacecraft, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.

The resupply mission is SpaceX's seventh of 15 under a NASA contract.

The company had been targeting the launch for next Friday morning. Instead of a launch that day, SpaceX will test-fire the Falcon booster's nine main engines on the pad at Launch Complex 41, a standard prelaunch test.

The Dragon will deliver to the ISS supplies, experiments and parts, including a docking adapter needed to receive commercial U.S. spacecraft that could arrive with astronauts in two or three years, after launches from the Space Coast.