On Friday night, SpaceX aborted a planned launch of a U.S. military GPS satellite with just around two seconds left in the countdown clock.
A 15-minute window that opened at 6:43 p.m. was scheduled for the launch. Uh. PT. Until two seconds before delivery, everything seemed to be going smoothly. When it halted the launch, they were just beginning the engine ignition sequence.
“Standing down from tonight’s launch attempt of GPS III-4,” SpaceX tweeted a few minutes before 7 p.m. PT, though it didn’t say whether a ground or flight vehicle issue was to blame. She hasn’t yet announced a new launch window.
Standing down from tonight’s launch attempt of GPS III-4
— Space X (@Space X) October 3, 2020
Space X and the Space Power of the United States are getting along famously. A Space Force Falcon 9 launch in June follows Friday’s attempted launch in Florida.
Until Elon Musk ‘s company launches a GPS satellite, it will attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 on an Atlantic Ocean drone ship. Around 90 minutes after liftoff, the spacecraft is expected to deploy.