SpaceX postpones launch of Falcon 9 rocket

After three attempted launches mission controllers decided to postpone the launch to Thursday evening.
By Ananth Baliga  |  Nov. 26, 2013 at 7:39 AM
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Nov. 26 (UPI) -- SpaceX tried to launch a television satellite for SES on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Monday, when three failed attempts led to the company to postpone the launch to Thursday.

Three attempts were made to launch the rockets but controllers were facing glitches, the last time due to unexpected readings with the first-stage liquid oxygen system. The launch was postponed after they passed the allotted 65-minute launch window.

"We observed unexpected readings with the first stage liquid oxygen system so we decided to investigate. 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 EST," the company said in a statement.

The mission is critical for the American company, led by billionaire industrialist Elon Musk, as SpaceX looks to capture a slice of the global launch market and also provide launch serves at a lower cost. The market is currently dominated by the Europeans and Russians.

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