Saturday, May 19, 2012

Breaking News!! SpaceX Falcon 9 launch aborted at last minute

Cape Canaveral, Florida (Sat, May 19) – SpaceX attempt to launch its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a reusable Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) has been aborted. For some unknown technical reasons; instead of blasting off from Cape Canaveral, the rocket remained on its launch pad amid a cloud of engine exhaust.

SpaceX Falcon 9 launch aborted at last minute
The countdown reached all the way to practically zero and the engine ignition sequence started Saturday, but there was an automatic shutdown by on-board computers, a NASA spokesperson said. 

Initially, NASA reported that the launch was aborted because chamber pressure was high on the rocket's engine 5. The abort was initiated by a computer that noticed parameters beyond the specific limits. 

This was the first launch attempt by one of the private U.S. companies hoping to take over the job of delivering cargo and eventually astronauts to the space station for NASA.

Read earlier story here

SpaceX ready for second attempt to launch Falcon 9 today (Monday, May 21), read here

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