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Engine glitch causes the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to be aborted
05-19-2012, 05:12 AM
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Engine glitch causes the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to be aborted
Another try scheduled no sooner than three days from now.

Quote:CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The private rocket company SpaceX will have to wait at least three days to send its Dragon space capsule on a debut flight to the International Space Station, after an engine glitch forced an abort of Saturday's launch attempt.
The unmanned Dragon capsule was due to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here at 4:55 a.m. ET, but an unexpected engine sensor reading on the spacecraft's Falcon 9 rocket forced an automatic abort, NASA officials said.
The Falcon 9 rocket's nine main engines were ignited, but just seconds later the vehicle's computers caused them to cut off because of an excessive pressure reading in engine No. 5, officials said.
"Will adjust limits for countdown in a few days," SpaceX's billionaire founder, Elon Musk, said in a Twitter update sent from the company's Mission Control facility in California.
Because of the orbital mechanics and the fuel requirements governing this test mission, the next opportunity for launch doesn't come until 3:44 a.m. ET Tuesday. Liftoff must occur precisely on time; otherwise, it will have to be rescheduled for an on-the-dot departure on another day.

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