Technical Glitch Bars SpaceX Satellite Liftoff

Published By : 03 Jul 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket was ready to be launched on the 2nd of July, 2017, from the Kennedy Space Center, FL. The rocket was carrying the payload of the new Intelsat 35e satellite at the time, but was reportedly stopped from liftoff merely 10 seconds before its launch.

SpaceX Reports Technical Difficulties

Principal integration engineer for the Falcon 9, John Insprucker, stated that they had conducted a computer abort at 10 seconds prior to the liftoff. According to the status check schedule, they were looking at the status of the supportive flight hardware for the guidance system. The news was revealed in SpaceX’s webcast earlier today, when they stated that there was an anomaly in some of the readings they were getting from the guidance system. As a result, the computer automatically aborted the countdown before the rocket stepped into its engine-ignition sequence.

Next Launch to Occur Soon

The next opportunity for launch is late in the evening on the 3rd of July and can be viewed live on Space.com. The rocket is expected to launch as earlier intended from the 39A, KSS’s most iconic Launchpad, and will become the third launch made by SpaceX in a span of ten days. The satellite, Intelsay 35e, is chalked to a geostationary transit orbit more than 35 thousand kilometers above the Earth’s surface.

The Intelsat 35e’s mission plan does not include a touchdown. Although previous re-landings have been successfully conducted for the Falcon 9, the payload this time will be far too heavy for the rocket to hold enough fuel for a successful landing.

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