SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver THAICOM 8, a commercial communications satellite for Thaicom, to a supersynchronous transfer orbit. Thaicom is one of Asia’s leading Asian satellite operators, influencing and innovating communications on a global scale.
Article 26 may 2016
SpaceX scrubbed the launch of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket Thursday evening due to technical concerns that held up the countdown around the important GO/No GO decision for loading the 70-meter tall rocket with propellant.
After troubleshooting and additional data review, the Launch Team abandoned the day’s countdown for a 24-hour turnaround.
“Out of an abundance of caution, launch postponed until no earlier than tomorrow for additional data review – Falcon 9 & spacecraft remain healthy,” SpaceX said in a Tweet confirming the delay.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk identified the issue as “a tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator” – referring to the MVac engine on the second stage of Falcon 9, possibly suggesting a condition with the Thrust Vector Control system of that engine. “Probably not a flight risk, but still worth investigating,” Musk Tweeted.
Thursday’s countdown to a 21:40 UTC liftoff with the Thaicom 8 satellite was rather uneventful with Falcon 9 undergoing its regular checks and reconfigurations prior to heading into its rapid propellant loading sequence. The vehicle entered ground system preparation and chilldown ops ahead of tanking, however, when the decision to halt the countdown was made is not clear.
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