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[i]"SpaceX is continuing to work with NASA to set a new target date for launch, expected to be late April," the company said in a brief statement. "The primary driver for the schedule continues to be the need to conduct extensive software testing. This is a challenging mission, and we intend to take every necessary precaution in order to improve the likelihood of success."
Late last month, the company announced that launch of SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo ship atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket, originally targeted for Feb. 7, would be delayed to at least the end of March, primarily because of unspecified software testing.
The latest "no-earlier-than" planning date is little more than a placeholder on the Air Force Eastern Range, which orchestrates all launchings from the East Coast. Because of potential conflicts with Russian Progress supply ship dockings and departures and a variety of other factors, sources say, the SpaceX flight could slip into May even if the spacecraft is ready in April.[/i]
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