SpaceX aborts second launch attempt of Falcon 9 rocket


SpaceX aborted a second launch attempt of the Falcon 9 rocket a few seconds before lift-off.

SpaceX initally planned the launch on 4 July, but later announced that the next launch date will not be before 5 or 6 July, reported CNBC.com.

The company now plans to conduct a full review of rocket and launch pad systems.

On Sunday, the launch was aborted due to a software error that was found during a final check of the vehicle's navigation and control instrumentation, reported Spaceflightnow.com.

"They’re taking their time right now to understand what system they’re really looking at that would be the cause of the hold.”

Following the rectification of the issue, there was another attempt to send the nearly 7.5t Intelsat 35 broadcasting satellite into orbit on Monday.

Stormy weather at the Florida spaceport pushed the launch time from the initial 7:37pm EDT to the final time of 8:35pm.

SpaceX engineers did not find any technical problems to carry out the launch on Monday. However, the countdown stopped at T-minus 10s and given that there was no time left in the launch window, computers automatically aborted the launch.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 principal integration engineer John Insprucker was quoted by Spaceflightnow.com as saying: “We have all the telemetry coming off of the rocket, so we’ve got plenty of information, but they’re taking their time right now to understand what system they’re really looking at that would be the cause of the hold.”