SpaceX Falcon 9 Flight Delayed Until Thanksgiving Day
UPDATE: After observing "unexpected readings with the first stage liquid oxygen system," SpaceX decided to postpone the launch and investigate.
On its official website, the company said that its launch vehicle and satellite are in great shape and that SpaceX looks forward to its next launch opportunity on Thursday, November 28 at 5:38 p.m. EST.
The launch will be streamed online at spacex.com/webcast.
The original article follows.
After a great deal of media hype this afternoon, SpaceX has temporarily postponed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket.
The rocket was supposed to launch no later than 5:55 p.m. EST, but the launch is now on hold as the company attempts to recycle and go through with the launch.
At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the SpaceX launch of SES-8 is on hold after the countdown was stopped at T minus 6:11.
— Alex Sanz (@AlexSanz) November 25, 2013
On the company's official website, SpaceX provided the following details:
"SpaceX is targeted to launch the SES-8 telecommunications satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket this Monday November 25, from Cape Canaveral. SES-8 will be SpaceX's first launch to a geostationary transfer orbit – 80,000 km from Earth – and most challenging mission to date."
At press time, SpaceX had reset its clock to T-00:13:00 with the hope of completing the launch tonight as scheduled.
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