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Space X postpones Falcon 9 launch due to technical snag

By Liji Varghese | Last Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 14:41

Zee Media Bureau/Liji Varghese

New Delhi: The much anticipated launch of SpaceX rocket was postponed Monday after a technical glitch halted the countdown less than four minutes before lift-off.

The US space transportation company’s Falcon 9 rocket had been scheduled to blast off at 5:37 pm ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The next launch attempt has been slated on Thursday at 5:38 pm ET.

A total of three attempts were made to get the Falcon off the ground in the allotted 65-minute window. However, technical glitch thwarted the lift off each time.

“We observed unexpected readings with the first stage liquid oxygen system so we decided to investigate,” noted 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 pm Eastern time.”

SpaceX, owned and operated by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, was trying to put a 3.1-tonne TV satellite in orbit for the Luxembourg-based operator SES.

First Published: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:51

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