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SpaceX aborts launch of two communication satellites into orbit

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vents propellant minutes before a computer determined an anomaly with a system in the the first stage causing the count to hold approximately 30 seconds before liftoff from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida on Thursday, October 6, 2022. SpaceX Launch Managers scrubbed the launch attempt Friday and pushed it back a day to Saturday. On board are two Galaxy Communications Satellites for Intelsat. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/41b441e66dafd215744112891b855fcc/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket vents propellant minutes before a computer determined an anomaly with a system in the the first stage causing the count to hold approximately 30 seconds before liftoff from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida on Thursday, October 6, 2022. SpaceX Launch Managers scrubbed the launch attempt Friday and pushed it back a day to Saturday. On board are two Galaxy Communications Satellites for Intelsat. Photo by Joe Marino/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The launch of two SpaceX communications satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Friday was aborted again and is now scheduled for Saturday.

The Galaxy 33 and 34 satellites had been scheduled to lift off at 7:06 p.m. and to help the telecommunications company Intelsat maintain service in North America. However, the launch was bumped back a day to Saturday night.

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SpaceX made the announcement on Twitter but did not give a reason.

The launch was originally set for Thursday night but was scrubbed at 30 seconds to blastoff due to a small helium leak, which triggered the Falcon 9 rocket to automatically abort.

The launch comes a couple of days after two launches on Wednesday: the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 52 Starlink satellites in the evening and NASA's Crew 5 mission, carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station, in the afternoon.

The Crew 5 mission sent an international crew of two American astronauts, one Japanese astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut into orbit aboard the Crew Endurance Dragon spacecraft. The capsule docked with the International Space Station at 5:15 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

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The Falcon 9's first stage rockets from both of Wednesday's launches were able to successfully land on drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean.

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