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Space X Launch: Falcon 9 Aborts Launch Due to Engine Problem


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The SpaceX was aborted to launch in last second before liftoff, Space X scheduled to blast off on May 19 at 4:55 AM Eastern at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. According to reports of several international news sites on Saturday, May 19, 2012, Space X launch aborts due to engine problem, SpaceX officials said.

Falcon 9 and Dragon Capsule Abort to Launch

Image Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX is good to launch its unmanned Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule but moments after its engines ignited an unexpected abort in last second before blast off. The onboard computers initiated automatic shutdowns after detecting the high-pressure reading from one of the rocket’s nine main engines.

We have discovered root cause and repairs are underway,” SpaceX officials said. SpaceX is now remains on its launch pad for repairs and reviewing of data until its next attempt to launch on Tuesday, May 22 at 3:44 AM Eastern.

President of Space Exploration Technologies of Hawthorne, California, Gwynne Shotwell said that May 23 is also an opportunity.

This is not a failure,” Shotwell said. “We aborted with purpose. It would have been a failure if we had lifted off with an engine trending in this direction.

Reports added that NASA is working closely with SpaceX under the provisions of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services contract.

We’re ready to support when SpaceX is ready to go,” Alan Lindenmoyer said, NASA‘s Manager of the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program.



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