back to article Woke up on Wednesday, expecting a SpaceX launch? Surprise! It got postponed

The 17th SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station has been delayed to no earlier than 3 May as ground controllers work on a plan to deal with a power problem onboard the orbiting lab. On 29 April NASA noted a problem with one of the ISS's Main Bus Switching Units (MBSU), which routes electrical power from the …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Hey, good news

    At least this time the delay is not due to a SpaceX problem.

  2. x 7

    What happens if they need a spare part sending up to fix the problem?

    1. A K Stiles Silver badge

      Send it on a Russian spacecraft?

      "American components, Russian components - all made in Taiwan!"

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        They don't have Amazon prime?

        1. Louis Schreurs BEng Bronze badge

          Prime account

          One day delivery.

    2. wolfetone

      Then they'll send it up as a passenger on a Soyuz.

    3. Lorin Thwaits

      Then they've been grossly negligent to established protocol which mandates spare parts be available on-hand.

  3. x 7

    but have the Americans got any unused Soyuz credits left? Thought I'd read somewhere they'd used all the rides they'd paid for.

    1. Stoneshop Silver badge

      but have the Americans got any unused Soyuz credits left?

      NASA now looking frantically behind the sofa, rummages through the laundry and the paper bin.

      (it's not in that jacket pocket either, no)

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: but have the Americans got any unused Soyuz credits left?

        You would think that by now they would have enough frequent flyer miles

    2. phuzz Silver badge

      They're planning to buy more. That said, this launch was a cargo-only ship, so being delayed a few days has no affect on the crew-transfer side of things.

      Of course, what with the minor 'anomaly' SpaceX had last week, the crew transport program has it's own, separate, problems.

  4. Alistair Silver badge

    Hmm. Well

    They could always fall back to two astronauts and a pair of lassos. But that would very likely be a little too cowboy for the space community.

  5. werdsmith Silver badge

    Headline reads like a delay to a space launch is particular SpaceX problem.

    I think it's normal for a space launch.

  6. Tempest8008

    El Reg seems to have a hate boner with regards to SpaceX

    As mentioned previously, the headline definitely makes it seem like "another" SpaceX failure.

    The headline would have been more accurate if it had been: Dragon Docker Down: No SpaceX Today

    The Register really seems to have it in for SpaceX. The headlines and stories are rarely complimentary.

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: El Reg seems to have a hate boner with regards to SpaceX

      They really don't you know. SpaceX get loads of coverage in El Reg, and most of it is favourable. They just have a sarcastic headline style - when they're not deploying the awful puns anyway...

      1. werdsmith Silver badge

        Re: El Reg seems to have a hate boner with regards to SpaceX

        When booking a trip to Florida to view a launch. make it 2 weeks and have the scheduled launch in the first day or two.

  7. Red Ted

    Space walks

    "Back then it took four spacewalks to connect up the 13.5 ton component, with an astronaut hanging off the end of the ISS's Canadarm2 for the first time while another worked as a 'free floater'"

    Was it just me, or did anyone else think of Lemmings at that point?

    Oh no --->

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Space walks

      No, but having worked as swimming pool life guard a few summers many years ago, the term "floater" means something way more yucky to me!

  8. TeeCee Gold badge

    So they're looking for a remote, robotic fix for a problem which affects the remote manipulator arm?

    I'll have a fiver on someone having to go out and do it themselves please.

    1. Spherical Cow Bronze badge

      They have power to the arm, they just don't have backup power to the arm. Not a big deal if power fails during a part swap (unlikely, but if it does happen they can send out a person as you suggest). A bigger deal if it fails while capturing a Dragon (equally as unlikely, but now there's an untethered Dragon).

  9. Louis Schreurs BEng Bronze badge

    Ran out of time

    It’s time to disembark the ISS and focus on nationalistic warmongering geopolitics.

    1. wolfetone

      Re: Ran out of time


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