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SpaceX Dragon launch now planned for Sunday morning

Posted at 1:42 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 13:42:05-05

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX will now target Sunday to launch its updated cargo version of Dragon.

Poor weather conditions forced the team to delay Saturday's planned launch.

SpaceX will make another attempt Sunday, December 6 at 11:17 a.m. from the Kennedy Space Center.

According to SpaceX, Sunday's launch will be the first flight of an updated cargo version of Dragon.

The spacecraft can carry about 20 percent more volume than the previous version of the Dragon and has double the amount of powered-locker cargo capability.

The new Dragon is designed for up to five flights to and from the space station, and this cargo version of the spacecraft can stay on the station more than twice as long as the previous version of Dragon, according to SpaceX.

After a successful launch Sunday, Dragon is expected to autonomously dock with the International Space Station on Monday, December 7.