Saturday, February 18, 2017

SpaceX aborts rocket launch seconds before liftoff, but may still fly Sunday


Elon Musk's spaceflight company SpaceX just aborted its launch in perhaps the most dramatic way possible.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 was set to launch an uncrewed Dragon capsule loaded with about 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station under a contract with NASA, but with just 13 seconds left in the countdown, the company decided to abort the launch. 

The decision was made on Saturday out of an "overabundance of caution" when engineers were concerned about a problem detected in the second stage of the vehicle. 

If this is the only issue, flight would be fine, but need to make sure that it isn't symptomatic of a more significant upstream root cause

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 18, 2017

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