SpaceX to launch delivery to International Space Station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) - A private company is on the verge of launching another cargo ship to the International Space Station.
On Sunday night, California-based SpaceX will attempt to send a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab.
Liftoff is scheduled for 8.35pm EDT (9.35am on Monday, Singapore time). Forecasters put the odds of acceptable weather at 60 per cent. Thick clouds and rain are the main concerns.
A Dragon cargo ship successfully docked to the space station last May, but that was considered a test flight. The coming mission is the first under a US$1.6 billion (S$2 billion) contract with Nasa that calls for a dozen resupply flights by SpaceX, essential in the post-shuttle era.