SpaceX Aborts Launch to Space Station
Private craft will have another chance for liftoff Tuesday, officials say.
The Falcon 9 was supposed to lift off Saturday at 4:55 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying an unmanned version of the private firm's Dragon space capsule. But moments before liftoff the rocket automatically aborted the launch.
Preliminary information indicates that the scrub was due to slightly high pressure in the combustion chamber of one of the rocket's nine launch engines.
"We light the Falcon 9 engines, but the computer checks all the engine telemetry to make sure that we're good to fly before we release the vehicle," the SpaceX official explained. "Obviously we detected something that was wrong in one of the limits that we compared the data against, so we aborted the launch."