Space X scrubs launch for third time

UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: Space X launch stopped during final countdown. Tonight’s failed launch was the third attempt in the past week.

There was a ship initially in the “keep out” area that put the launch on hold. Then there was a launch attempt at 7:21 but it was aborted at last second.

No new launch date set yet.

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Space X scrubbed two launches from Cape Canaveral last week, but has rescheduled for tonight with a launch window opening at 6:46 p.m. for its Falcon 9 rocket.

According to Universe Today, Space X stopped the launches on Wednesday and Thursday because of rocket fueling issues with liquid oxygen propellant.

The window for tonight’s launch will last about 90 minutes through 8:23 p.m. A backup date of Monday has also been scheduled in case this latest attempt is also unsuccessful.

The Falcon 9 rocket will be carrying the commercial SES-9 television and communications satellite. Tonight’s mission will also involve an attempt to recover the rocket’s first stage at sea via the “Of course I still love you” drone ship.

“Given this unique GTO profile, a successful landing is not expected,” SpaceX wrote in a press release. 

The company made history in December when it landed the first stage safely back at Cape Canaveral.

South Florida should be able to see the launch. Sunset is at 6:21 p.m. with last light at 6:45 p.m. The watch is also expected to be webcast at SpaceX.com/webcast.

Photo courtesy SpaceX

Photo courtesy SpaceX

 

 

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