WASHINGTON — SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station early May 4 after a one-day delay caused by a droneship problem.
The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 2:48 a.m. Eastern, placing the Dragon into orbit nearly 10 minutes later. The rocket’s first stage made a landing on a droneship just offshore.
The launch was previously scheduled for May 3, but scrubbed because of an electrical problem with the droneship. While previous launches of Dragon cargo spacecraft have made use of Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral, this mission shifted to a droneship because of the ongoing investigation into an April 20 Crew Dragon anomaly during testing that took place at the landing site.
“The landing site and the test site were every close. We wanted to basically make sure that we can focus on the evidence and not disturb that,” Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability at SpaceX, said at a pre-launch briefing May 2. He said the company was “pretty close” to restoring full access to the landing site.
While the investigation into that incident, which destroyed the Crew Dragon spacecraft ...