Major Power Outage At International Space Station Delays SpaceX Supply Run

Major Power Outage At International Space Station Delays SpaceX Supply Run

Loaded with almost 5,500 pounds of equipment and supplies, the Dragon had been expected to blast off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Wednesday.

Williams claims nobody was injured and the anomaly has been included.

Solar wings collect and generate electricity for the station.

The units take power from the station's solar arrays and route it into eight channels that run through the station.

FILE - The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule approaches the International Space Station, March 3, 2019.

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NASA said Tuesday that there are now no immediate crew safety concerns, and that the team is working to "robotically replace the failed unit and restore full power" to the ISS. The failed unit means two of those eight channels have no power.

NASA said that the ISS crew and the station are in no danger. And according to CBS, those channels powered the robot arm that attaches to SpaceX's capsule and helps berth it with the station. This isn't the first time this problem has occurred: MBSUs malfunctioned in 2012 and 2017, requiring them to be replaced via either robotic arm or spacewalk.

The spacecraft, filled with 3 tons of experiments, provisions and supplies, was due to arrive on Saturday at the ISS if it had launched on Wednesday.

Thankfully, no one is in immediate danger, but the partial power loss means that SpaceX is going to need to wait before launching its CRS-17 Dragon resupply mission carrying almost 5,500 pounds of experiments and supplies.

NASA announced April 30 it had asked SpaceX to delay the launch of a Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket that had been scheduled for May 1. The Dragon that flew last month was supposed to be used for this test in June.

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