SpaceX rocket launch aborted on launchpad
SpaceX aborted its third attempt to launch a commercial communications satellite just seconds before liftoff; the reason was was unclear.
The rocket was “safe,” according to a SpaceX spokesman.
The launch held on the pad briefly at one point because a boat appeared too close, but that problem cleared just before the launch restarted and then the abort signal was given.
“We don’t have another launch date planned at the moment,” Falcon 9 product director John Insprucker said during the launch webcast today.
Mission SES-9 is trying to achieve the first successful rocket landing on an ocean platform. Its two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, designed to send of satellites into orbit, uses a new fuel mixture that offers more power, but it also has to be chilled to several hundred degrees below zero.
Launch team has called a scrub for the day; vehicle and spacecraft are healthy.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 29, 2016