SpaceX SES-9 Mission Launch Postponed

Posted: Feb 29 2016, 5:08am CST | by , Updated: Mar 1 2016, 12:22am CST, in News | Latest Science News


SpaceX SES-9 Mission Launch Moved to Monday
Credit: SpaceX

The Oscar Sunday launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has been canceled.

The SpaceX SES-9 mission launch has been rescheduled again. The next launch window is Monday evening at 6:46pm ET. Elon Musk revealed the reason for the third abandoned launch. According to Musk  the launch aborted was caused by a low thrust alarm. Rising oxygen temperature due to hold for boat and helium bubble triggered the alarm.

Update: New SpaceX SES-9 Launch is scheduled for Super Tuesday.

The launch was stopped in the last seconds of the ignition. The rise in temperature could have been caused by the hold phase. SpaceX held the launch because a boat got to close to the danger zone around the drone ship, where the Falcon 9 was supposed to crash on, ah sorry, land on. The delay was about 40 minutes. Enough time to mess up the temperatures.

SpaceX maintains a healthy status of the Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX has not yet confirmed if Monday's backup launch window will be used. We expect an update on the SpaceX SES-9 mission schedule today.

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.

SpaceX will provide a live video stream of the new SpaceX Falcon 9 mission on the SpaceX webcast page.

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