No luck for SpaceX getting the SES-9 Satellite off earth.
The planned SpaceX SES-9 launch on Super Tuesday has been scrubbed again. This time it has nothing to do with the super-chilled liquid-oxygen. The reason for canceling the launch was bad weather. This is the fourth time SpaceX has failed to get the rocket off the ground. On Sunday the countdown was stopped in the last seconds, due to heat issues with the liquid-oxygen.
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SpaceX said in a statement on its website: "Unfortunately upper-level winds continue to exceed acceptable limits and are expected to get worse as we approach tonight’s launch window, so we are forgoing today’s launch attempt. Winds are forecast to exceed acceptable limits through Thursday. Our team will continue working with the Air Force’s Launch Weather Officer to evaluate the best available opportunity for flight in the coming days."
There is no new launch date for the SpaceX SES-9 mission set yet.
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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The landing of the Falcon 9 is going to be again the most exciting part to watch. Last time (January) the video feed cut off just before the Falcon 9 landed on the drone ship. Fans had to wait a while to learn what happened. The Falcon 9 landed, but a landing gear broke and it fell over. Read more Science news.