SpaceX canceled a Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last minute

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SpaceX canceled a Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last minute

A rocket SpaceX’s Falcon 9 was about to achieve a feat with his 14th flight on October 6th. But 30 seconds before the ignition of the engines, the takeoff was automatically stopped.

The rocket in question was to launch two communications satellites into orbit.Intelsat who are called Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34. Departure was scheduled to take place at 23:20 GMT at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. From a tweet by Elon Muskpublished after the incident, the cause behind this automatic cancellation was the discovery by the system of a slight helium leak at the level of the rocket. Musk said the leak is tiny, but they’re not taking any chances when it comes to customer satellites.


The Falcon 9 rocket that will launch the Galaxy 33 and 34 satellites
SpaceX Credits

SpaceX will again attempt to launch the rocket with the satellites this Friday, October 7 at 23:06 GMT.

No problem with satellites

In a Twitter post, SpaceX said the Galaxy satellites and rocket are in good condition. Teams are currently working to be ready when the 69-minute launch window on October 7 opens at 23:06 GMT.

A busy week for SpaceX

We can say that this week is quite busy for SpaceX. The putting into orbit of the Galaxy satellites corresponds indeed at the third launch in three days for the company.

On October 5, SpaceX launched the mission Crew-5 bound for the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A few hours later, it was the turn of 52 Starlink satellites to be launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. These two launches were carried out on the same day.

Let’s wait for this third launch which will mark the 14th flight of a first stage of the Flacon 9 rocket. The other two launches this week have each achieved their objectives. The 52 Starlink satellites have been launched, and the capsule Crew Dragon Endurance of the Crew-5 mission managed to transport its passengers, including a Roscosmos astronautaboard the ISS.

SOURCE: Space.com

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