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Elon Musk Says SpaceX Investigates Rocket Leak Ahead of Saturday Launch

February 17, 2017, 7:45 PM UTC
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk listens to US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the company is investigating a leak in its rocket ahead of a scheduled launch Saturday morning.

“Investigating a (very small) leak in the upper stage. If ok, will launch tomorrow,” Musk said in a tweet Friday afternoon.

The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch Saturday morning at 10:01 a.m., departing from NASA’s historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

It will be the first time SpaceX has launched a rocket from 39A, which once sent astronauts into space and has now been modified for the rocket company.

The rocket will deliver 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station by sending the Dragon cargo capsule into orbit. Among its payload is a module, dubbed the “three-eyed Raven,” which is a nod to the bird from Game of Thrones, that will test out a new navigation system to more precisely direct satellites in space.