SpaceX delays Falcon 9 rocket launch due to high-altitude winds
March 3, 2018

The Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to lift off at 9:17 a.m. EST (1417 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 4E at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. But about 10 minutes before liftoff, SpaceX announced it was standing down from the launch try.

“High altitude wind shear data shows a probable 2% load exceedance. Small, but better to be paranoid,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Postponing launch to tomorrow, assuming winds are better then.”

The next opportunity to launch the Falcon 9 will be Thursday (Feb. 22) at 9:17 a.m. EST. The mission has been delayed three times since its initial launch target of Feb. 17, twice due to the need for additional checks of the launch vehicle.


Image credit: SpaceX

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