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SpaceX CRS-10 puts Launch Complex 39A Back to Work

19 Feb 2017, 18:21 UTC
SpaceX CRS-10 puts Launch Complex 39A Back to Work
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – The launch of SpaceX CRS-10 from Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, February 19, 2017 has put NASA’s historic Launch Complex 39A back on the map.

The roof of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building provides a sweeping aerial view of SpaceX’s operations at Launch Complex 39A. Photo credit: Bill Jelen / We Report Space
NASA’s Historic Launchpad
SpaceX’s CRS-10 launch from LC-39A is the inaugural mission under the NASA/SpaceX 20-year lease agreement for the operation of that launchpad, a key component of KSC’s commitment to transitioning to a multi-user spaceport. LC-39A had previously been the home of the Space Shuttle, and before that, the Saturn V rocket which propelled astronauts to the moon.
An abundance of caution led to SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk to personally call for the launch attempt on Saturday, February 18 to be aborted. While Musk later reported that all statuses were ‘go’ for launch, a piston responsible for steering the upper stage of the rocket was exhibiting odd behavior, and ultimately led the team to decide to abort the mission. The 24-hour scrub allowed SpaceX the opportunity to run a fault tree analysis and ensure there was not a more critical root cause for ...

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