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.
Pushing launch to Friday due to extreme high altitude wind shear. Hits like a sledgehammer when going up supersonic pic.twitter.com/Gr8T5upaLd
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 1, 2016
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.