On Monday, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida repeated a second unfortunate event in a row. Computers that prepared a SpaceX rocket launch detected an issue just seconds before the grand event. However, this was a big enough case to shut down the entire operation. Therefore, Falcone 9 spacecraft is going to linger on Earth for a little longer.
This Delayed Rocket Launch Has to Put Intelsat 35 Into Orbit
At the moment, SpaceX engineers are studying all recorded data to streamline systems. Perhaps the third launch will be the lucky one. The company believes their next attempt will take place either this Wednesday or Thursday. In a statement, officials announced that they want to make sure everything is alright before consuming their one shot for a successful operation.
“Out of an abundance of caution, SpaceX will be spending the 4th of July doing a full review of the rocket.”
While Monday’s mishap is still blurry, a similar misfortune happened on Sunday. Computers intercepted a software error during final countdown. The issue surfaced during a final check of rocket’s control instrumentation, guidance, and navigation. Nonetheless, engineers needed less than a day to clarify this issue. Therefore, on Monday they resumed their project of placing Intelsat 35 broadcasting satellite into space.
The Causes of The Hold Are Still Unknown
The Monday operation started with a 58 minutes delay due to unfavorable weather conditions. In the last hour before the countdown, the team loaded the rocket with liquid oxygen propellants and RP-1 kerosene. Engineers gave their green light, and it was all up to computers from then on to carry out the rocket launch. However, the countdown was paused at T-minus 10 seconds. Without any time left for an additional system check, the entire operation was canceled.
Once SpaceX sees this mission accomplishing its purpose, the company will have a few weeks at its disposal to get ready for the next launch. The upcoming launch is scheduled on August 10 in Florida, and its goal is to resupply the space station.
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