Here's why SpaceX aborted US satellite launch at the last moment

Cesar Mills
December 20, 2018

SpaceX and Blue Origin are headlining a busy day of rocket launches on Tuesday morning, planning to send rockets into space within minutes of each other.

Meanwhile, Blue Origin is now targeting a Friday launch for its resuable New Shepard rocket and space capsule.

Space X schedules the launch of Falcon 9 at 9:11 am, local time of Cape Canaveral Air Force station. SpaceX said its rocket threw an abort alert due to a sensor issue, while Blue Origin explained that a "ground infrastructure issue" was to blame for its own delay.

Due to mission requirements, SpaceX will not attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage after launch.

Wednesday's launch window opens at 9:07 a.m. EST and is scheduled to last 26 minutes.

Yesterday - Tuesday, December 18th - was supposed to be a marquee day for space agencies and private spaceflight companies around the world.

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SpaceX scored the contract for the satellite following the settlement of its lawsuit against the Air Force, which argued for more competitive bidding contracts.

Pence took the opportunity to provide an update on the Trump administration's plans to create a U.S. Space Force, saying the president is setting up a new Space Command to oversea all the nation's activities in the space arena. All the technical issues were all overcome, and then rockets were launched.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will carry a new Global Positioning System satellite into orbit around Earth on Tuesday - the first of several launches scheduled for the day.

There's still another launch set for Wednesday, however.

This satellite is nicknamed "Vespucci" after late 15th century and early 16th century Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci for which the Americas was named after. The first comes from Arianespace, which will launch a Soyuz rocket from the spaceport in French Guiana to carry a French defense and intelligence imaging satellite designated CSO-1 into orbit.

France's Arianespace is the third to launch. Both launches were delayed Tuesday by unacceptably high winds over their respective launch sites. At present, this is scheduled for 5:57 p.m. PST.

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