CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | SpaceX Christmas delivery delayed by communication problem
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A communication drop-out has delayed a Christmas delivery at the International Space Station.
A SpaceX capsule full of holiday goodies got to within 32 feet (10 meters) of the orbiting complex Saturday. But trouble with a communication satellite network forced a last-minute delay.
For safety, Mission Control ordered the Dragon capsule to back up to the 100-foot (30-meter) point. Communication temporarily dropped out, meanwhile, between the space station and ground controllers.