Elon Musk's space company scrapped a planned launch of a Falcon 9 on Wednesday. Plans to launch today.
SpaceX cancelled a planned Falcon 9 launch on Wednesday evening because of extra caution. The SpaceX team opted to scrap the launch on Wednesday to ensure liquid oxygen temperatures are as cold as possible in an effort to maximize performance of the vehicle.
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The Falcon 9 remains healthy in advance of SpaceX and SES’s mission to deliver the SES-9 satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. SpaceX is targeting Thursday Feb. 25, at 6:46pm ET for the launch of the SES-9 mission at the Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
SES 9 is the largest satellite dedicated to serving the Asia-Pacific region for SES. With its payload of 81 high powered Ku band transponder equivalents, SES 9 will be the 7th SES satellite providing coverage to over 20 countries in the region.
As with past missions, delivering of the pay load into space is not exciting enough for Elon Musk's space venture. The Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing again on the “Of Course I Still Love You” drone ship. SpaceX is not expecting a successful landing given this mission’s unique Geostationary Transfer Orbit profile.
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SpaceX will provide a live video stream of the new SpaceX Falcon 9 mission here.