Lastminute glitch forces SpaceX rocket to cancel launch with 13 seconds left

first_img“Hold, hold, hold!” a launch controller urged over the radio loops, to everyone’s disappointment.“Standing down to take a closer look at positioning of the second stage engine nozzle,” SpaceX said later via Twitter. Feb 18th 2017, 5:19 PM This will be SpaceX’s first Florida launch since a rocket explosion last summer.The 1 September accident occurred during prelaunch testing at a neighboring pad. SpaceX turned to Launch Complex 39A — which it leases from NASA — to resume flights. The company hopes to launch astronauts from 39A next year.The unmanned spaceship is packed with more than 2,267 kilograms of food, gear and science experiments for the astronauts living in orbit.Russia, meanwhile, plans to launch a supply ship to the International Space Station on Wednesday. If the SpaceX mission doesn’t get going soon, it would likely have to get in line behind the Russian delivery.Read: Six people just completed a year in a Hawaii dome all in the name of scienceRead: Twins? Not quite. But Nasa has found the most Earth-like planet yet By Associated Press 15 Comments Share23 Tweet Email Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3247217 Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 5:19 PM Standing down to take a closer look at positioning of the second stage engine nozzle. 9:38am ET tomorrow is next earliest launch opportunity— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 18, 2017 The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad.center_img LAST-MINUTE ROCKET trouble forced SpaceX to delay its inaugural launch from NASA’s historic moon pad today.SpaceX halted the countdown with just 13 seconds remaining.The problem with the second-stage thrust control actually cropped up several minutes earlier. With just a single second to get the Falcon rocket airborne, flight controllers could not resolve the issue in time.The next launch attempt — provided everything can be fixed quickly — would be Sunday morning.The unmanned Falcon rocket remains at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, waiting to soar on a space station delivery mission. It’s the same pad where Americans flew to the moon almost a half-century ago.Thousands of guests had jammed the space center to witness the comeback of 39A, last used in 2011 for the last space shuttle flight. About 18 miuntes from launch. Webcast of Falcon 9 launch now live → https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/zQmNtQaeop— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 18, 2017 Source: SpaceX/Twitter Last-minute glitch forces SpaceX rocket to cancel launch with 13 seconds left on countdown The earliest a relaunch can be attempted is tomorrow morning. Source: SpaceX/Twitter 12,065 Views Image: NASA via AP The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. Image: NASA via AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more