On Thursday, NASA announced that its Discovery mission to Jupiter, scheduled for launch in 2020, would be postponed due to an issue with the Dragon spacecraft’s landing gear.
NASA originally expected to launch the spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket in December 2018, but after an additional three days of engineering, it now plans to launch Discovery in March 2020 on a new Falcon 9 first stage.NASA said that the issue arose from an improper configuration of the landing gear that was not designed to withstand the weight of the Dragon’s rocket and spacecraft.
The Falcon 9 was designed to be able to land vertically on a launch pad, which allows it to be launched vertically into orbit.
However, NASA noted that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle has an upper stage that cannot land vertically and therefore cannot land on a pad.
SpaceX’s launch vehicle is designed to launch vertically, but the Falcon 9’s upper stage has a lower, horizontal landing gear, which causes it to crash into the pad when it is not deployed, NASA said.
To solve the problem, SpaceX decided to use a second stage that was designed specifically for use on a landing pad.
The Falcon 9 booster is the second stage of the Falcon Heavy rocket that SpaceX plans to use to launch Dragon.
The first stage of Falcon Heavy uses a second booster that is built to be reused on future missions.
The issue occurred due to a misconfiguration of the “Dragon’s landing pad” part of the SpaceX Falcon 9 that is designed for the mission.
NASA has yet to determine why this part of SpaceX’s rocket had to be replaced, but SpaceX has said that it is a simple fix that was made to correct the problem.NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is scheduled to be flown for the first time in 2020.