More delays at Bigelow Aerospace and SpaceX

Alan Boyle reports that there are more delays for space upstarts SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace.

SpaceX’s Elon Musk has reported that the launch window for his company’s second Falcon 1 rocket has been moved back from this week. 

“The launch window is now March 19th to 22nd (California time). During extended ground testing in late February, one of our second stage thrust vector control boards indicated a problem. Although our analysis showed substantial margin for flight, we decided nonetheless to increase the robustness of certain of the components and run a delta qualification,” Musk reports on his Web site.

Bigelow Aerospace, which originally slated its Genesis 2 module for a January 2007 launch, recently moved the liftoff to April 1. Now Russia’s Federal Space Agency says Genesis 2 is now on schedule for an April 26 launch.  


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