SpaceX clears Falcon 9 liftoff after automatic shutdown

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Update, Friday, October. 7: SpaceX has canceled its launch attempt on Friday, October. 7 to allow extra time for vehicle inspection. The next attempt is scheduled for Saturday, October 19:05. 8.

SpaceX’s plans to launch three flights in three days were cut short Thursday evening when the Falcon 9 rocket’s launch sequence was automatically aborted.

Immediately after the 30-second reminder, an automatic launch abort sequence was initiated by the rocket at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The computer-controlled process automatically shuts down launch operations, forcing SpaceX to scrap Thursday’s attempt entirely.

Liftoff from Launch Complex 40 is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. EDT. SpaceX now plans to try again on Friday, October 19:06 EDT. 7.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rests on the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.  The launch of the rocket carrying Intelsat G-33 and 34, a pair of commercial communications satellites, was cleared due to a helium leak.  Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK

A still camera after SpaceX successfully launched two Falcon 9s into space yesterday: one from the Kennedy Space Center carrying a crew of four aboard a Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station; and just seven hours later it covered boosting Starlink internet satellites from California.

SpaceX’s launch director said the abort was due to a “higher-than-expected cryogenic helium fission reading.”

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