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SpaceX Falcon 9 launch delayed until Friday due to strong winds

by Jacob Kleinman | March 2, 2016March 2, 2016 10:52 am PST

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SpaceX’s previously aborted rocket launch was supposed to take place on Tuesday. A day later we’re still waiting for the Falcon 9 to take flight. So what happened? Here’s an explanation straight from SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

The company also offered a more detailed explanation on Facebook, explaining that upper-wind levels were set to get worse on Tuesday night when the rocket was scheduled to launch. At the time, SpaceX noted that those winds were expected to keep up until at least Thursday. Conditions should be more favorable by Friday.

This is actually the fourth time SpaceX has cancelled plans to launch the SES-9 satellite. It almost happened over the weekend, but a boat was spotted within the restricted area around the rocket’s flight path causing the initial launch delay. Then, during a second attempt, the system shut down a final time. Let’s see if all systems are go come Friday.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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