SpaceX Postpones Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

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SpaceX decided to postpone the Falcon 9 rocket only four minutes before liftoff because several delays caused the company to miss their launch window. SpaceX was scheduled to take off at 5:37PM from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The Falcon 9 will be launching on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) at 5:38PM.

“We observed unexpected readings with the first stage liquid oxygen system so we decided to investigate,” said SpaceX in a statement. “The launch vehicle and satellite are in great shape and we are looking forward to the next launch opportunity on Thursday at 5:38 p.m. Eastern time.”

During every launch, SpaceX pushed the Falcon 9 higher and higher.  When SpaceX launches the Falcon 9 for this round, it will travel 20 times father than before at an 80,000 km altitude, which is about 1/4th of the way to the moon.

The Falcon 9 will be carrying a 3-ton satellite for Dutch telecommunications company, SES.  SES chose SpaceX because it costs significantly less than other transport companies and organizations.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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