New Delhi: SpaceX capsule’s launch atop an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) was aborted due to technical problems.
The rocket was schedule to blast off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:55am ET.
The engine ignition sequence started, but there was an automatic shutdown by on-board computers, said a NASA spokesman. So instead of blasting off, the rocket remained on its launch pad amid a cloud of engine exhaust. An engine pressure problem is suspected.
The next launch attempt will be Tuesday, if the problem can be resolved in time.
This was the first launch attempt by a private company hoping to take over the job of delivering cargo and eventually astronauts to the space station for NASA.
With agency inputs