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SpaceX postpones the launch of Falcon 9 rocket again

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:48 IST

SpaceX scrapped the launch of Falcon 9 rocket just minutes before the liftoff from Cape Carnival. The rocket was supposed to propel a communications satellite into Earth's orbit. The rocket was delayed for the second time in a row.

SpaceX did not give the reason for postponement immediately. Technicians suddenly called, "Hold, hold, hold," about two minutes before the launch window opened at 6:47pm (11:47pm GMT), reports AFP.

"We are going to be scrubbing the launch for this evening," said a spokesperson on SpaceX's live webcast, moments later.

An alternate launch date has not been ascertained yet.

In a series of tweets, SpaceX mentioned:

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to deliver SES-9, a commercial communications satellite for SES, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

After the launch, the company plans to try an ocean landing of rocket's first stage. The company warned that the touchdown may not succeed.

First published: 26 February 2016, 5:27 IST