SpaceX Cargo Ship Turned Away From ISS Landing

GPS snag has moved docking attempt to Thursday
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2017 8:12 AM CST
SpaceX Aborts Rendezvous With ISS Over a GPS Snag
The SpaceX Falcon rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday.   (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP)

Sometimes GPS leads drivers into bodies of water; other times it keeps cargo ships from docking with the International Space Station. Reuters reports the latter happened Wednesday, with SpaceX calling off the rendezvous of its Dragon spacecraft with the ISS, saying there was a glitch with the capsule's navigational system. The cargo ship itself is in "excellent shape with no issues," and the ISS crew is fine as well, NASA noted in a report. TechCrunch notes it's the first time SpaceX has nixed an ISS delivery since it started carting supplies there in 2012. The Dragon, which is carrying more than 2 tons of supplies and science experiment equipment, will try again Thursday to dock at the space station. (The ship launched Sunday from a historic pad.)

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