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Launch of SpaceX 'SpX-5? slips to no-earlier-than Jan. 6 – UPDATE

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fl — Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX ) fifth contracted mission under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS ) initiative – might take a little longer to be given the green light for launch. A report appearing on NASASpaceFlight.com has stated that due to issues surrounding the rocket's static test fire that was attempted on Dec. 16 that the flight might have to be delayed. The static test fire is the last milestone that the Hawthorne, California-based company has to complete prior to liftoff. Since this appears to not have happened the flight of SpX-5 – likely will not happen until early January – at the earliest.

SpaceX has not made any announcement as of yet, with even NASA's Public Affairs Office responding to inquiries as if the launch was moving forward. The launch of SpX-5 has already slipped several times, the most recent of which had placed the launch at this Friday, Dec. 19 at 1:22 p.m. EST. The launch site is Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 located in Florida.

When it does take to the skies, the mission, dubbed SpX-5 or CRS-5, will see one of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft ride the Falcon 9 v1.1 booster to orbit. Once there, the Dragon spacecraft will ferry an array of supplies, crew cargo and scientific experiments to the International Space Station.

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