SpaceX cancels Falcon 9 rocket launch again

Elias Hubbard
July 6, 2017

Hawthorne-based space rocket developer SpaceX is targeting launch of yet another Falcon 9 rocket later today, from NASA Kennedy Space Center, after a launch delay over the long weekend.

Another attempt on Monday evening also saw the countdown stall at 10 seconds due to automated override, as a first stage measurement didn't match a pre-launch figure. In the second attempt, scheduled for Monday, the launch was shifted to 8.35pm EDT from the decided time 7.37pm EDT.

However, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk countered their statement by explaining that the Falcon 9 will be undergoing full evaluation before setting a launch date.

SpaceX took July 4 to fully investigate the cause and review its systems, and it is now aiming to launch today during a window that will last 58 minutes. Launch no earlier than 5th/6th. However, SpaceX will continue to search for the issues that are causing the Falcon 9 to abort its launch.

The launch webcast should begin above around 15 minutes prior to the opening of the launch window, so at around 7:37 PM EDT (4:37 PM PDT).

Today's mission will not include an attempt to recover the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, since at over 13,000 pounds, the payload is among the heaviest SpaceX has ever transported to orbit aboard a Falcon 9. SpaceX has yet to confirm that the Falcon 9 is cleared for take-off and when they will be able to proceed with the launch.

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