SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket nearly made it off a Florida launch pad on Sunday evening-but with just nine seconds to go before liftoff the on-board computers detected an issue within the rocket's guidance, navigation, and control system.
Similar to the first launch attempt on Sunday, the rocket's on-board computers aborted the launch attempt at T-9 seconds.
This comes after SpaceX successfully launched two rockets in the past 10 days, CBS News noted. It was not immediately clear what the cause was today, Falcon 9 principal integration engineer John Insprucker said during SpaceX's launch webcast. Just when the issue was detected, the computers scrubbed the launch, and the countdown was stopped before the engines went into ignition mode. If it flies then, it will be the first time since the 2006 launch of Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-121 mission that an American rocket has taken flight on that day.
"Unfortunately, though, we're not going to be able to recycle the countdown in the time that we have left in the window and make another attempt today". Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter.His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space October 29, 1998.More news: New Analyst Ratings For EasyJet (LON:EZJ)
A launch Tuesday would be the first time a USA rocket has lifted off on Independence Day since the space shuttle Discovery took off from the Kennedy Space Center on July 4, 2006, on a space station assembly and logistics mission. The first launch attempt was aborted due to an "out-of-limits" reading in the rocket's guidance and navigation system.
If successful, the launch will set a different record for the company, though: at 6.7 tonnes, it will be the heaviest payload the Falcon 9 has ever launched to geostationary orbit.
The satellite, built by Boeing, is based on the BSS-702MP satellite bus, with an expected service life of at least fifteen years.
SpaceX already had scheduled a second window to launch the rocket.
The weather forecasts have given a 60 percent favorable weather for the launch of the rocket on Monday.