Despite a computer glitch that threatened to delay the mission, the upstart rocket manufacturer SpaceX plans to launch a cargo mission to the International Space Station.
The Hawthorne company has decided to go ahead with its scheduled 1:58 pm PT blast off from Cape Canaveral on Monday.
On Sunday, officials at NASA said that the International Space Station possesses enough redundancy to allow the launch. The failure of one of the space station’s backup computers helps bring a space capsule for docking.
It further said that the primary computer is running flawlessly.
According to NASA, there’s an issue with a 50-pound box.It runs computer commands to help move the space station’s robotic arm along a truss.
To fix the problem that occurred with the box during a routine health check of the device, two astronauts need to conduct a spacewalk and replace it with a spare.
The 224-foot rocket will carry the capsule, packed with 5,000 pounds of supplies for the two Americans, one Japanese and three Russians aboard the space station.
This is SpaceX’s third mission on its USD 1.6-billion contract to transport cargo in 12 flights.