Launch of Falcon 9 rocket scrubbed second day in a row
For the second day of racing, computers automatically cancel a Falcon 9 failure count Monday to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the final seconds before taking off with satellite communication Intelsat 35a.
SpaceX said its engineers spend Tuesday to review the data and examine the systems before trying to start again Thursday or Friday.
“In an excess of caution, SpaceX will spend July 4 on a comprehensive review of rocket systems and start spears,” SpaceX said in a statement. “The next opportunity to launch the Intelsat 35a 39A Complex (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is now before Wednesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 6.”
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has ties to confirm that there will be no launch attempt on Tuesday.
Monday’s trip interruption is unknown, but the unplanned expectation simultaneously on a Sunday countdown was caused by a software bug during a final inspection of the instrumentation, navigation and rocket control guide.
SpaceX said they have clarified this problem, and engineers have sought another attempt Monday to send the truck about 7.5 tons Intelsat 35 relay and satellite broadcasting in orbit.
Stormy weather launch pad west of 39A at the spaceport in Florida delayed the time to launch directed 58 minutes at 8:35. EDT Monday (0035 GMT Tuesday), at the end of launch day.
Using a computer-controlled automatic sequencer, the launching team instructed the 9th Falcon rocket with RP-1 oil and super-cooled and densified liquid oxygen propellers at the last minute of the countdown day.
No technical issues were reported by the SpaceX engineers as the last few minutes passed them on takeoff until the countdown stops in 10 seconds. Without leaving time in the launch window, the decision resulted in an automatic cleaning.
Engineers will paint the data to determine the source of the problem and identify a solution, SpaceX said.
“We have all the telemetry coming out of the rocket, so we have a lot of information, but they take their time to understand what the system looks like, it would be the cause of the decision,” he added. Said John Insprucker, Senior Integration Engineer Falcon 9 of SpaceX, who commented on the live launch on the company’s Internet stream.
SpaceX initially said it could try a third day on Tuesday – Independence Day – to launch the Falcon 9 rocket, but officials said a few hours after Monday’s friction that the next attempt at takeoff would slip until later in week.
“We’ve had an extended countdown now,” Insprucker said at the signing of SpaceX’s Webcast. “We waited for the weather, and we arrived at T-minus 10 seconds before it was called again by automatic abortion criteria.
“We did not recycle because we were out of the window,” he said.
SpaceX goes for its third launch of Falcon 9 in less than two weeks, and the second of 39A at this time. It is expected that the Air Force range Cordillera Oriental will not be available to start operations for several weeks, shortly after the holiday of July 4.
Senior vice president of space systems Intelsat, Ken Lee, said additional engineers arrived in Cape Canaveral in preparation for the launch of Intelsat 35e, and field teams worked 24 hours on hold 24 first attempt to launch Falcon 9 Sunday.
Once Falcon 9 will take off with Intelsat 35e, SpaceX’s launch pace will slow down for a few weeks. It is expected that the company’s mission coming to be equivalent to August 10 from Florida as part of a refueling space station.