SpaceX has delayed the Falcon 9 rocket launch until Friday, Dec. 15. Its launch window begins at 10:35 a.m. EST.
- Falcon 9 rocket launch delayed until Dec. 15
- Launch window begins at 10:35 a.m. EST
- SpaceX taking additional time to conduct inspections
- RELATED: Rocket launch schedule
Officials said they're taking additional time to conduct full inspections and cleanings. Particles in the second stage fuel system were reportedly detected.
Space X also said its next launch opportunity would be no earlier than late December.
The rocket will launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at the same pad where a SpaceX rocket exploded in September 2016.
SpaceX spent $50 million to rebuild the launch pad, burying support equipment and fuel lines under concrete to provide better protection.
The rocket will carry some 5,000 pounds of food, gear and experiments to the International Space Station.
The rocket is recycled from a previous mission -- it was last used in June. The Dragon capsule that will be carried on the rocket will also be recycled. This capsule first flew in 2015.
SpaceX is working to drive down launch costs because the company eventually wants to send thousands of people into space, and reusability will be key to making that work.
The first stage of the rocket is also expected to land after the launch back at Cape Canaveral.
Since the landing will be on land, sonic booms may be possible for residents in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties.