SpaceX scrubs, can’t complete Space Coast’s 3rd launch in 3 days – Orlando Sentinel

SpaceX scrubbed the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket this evening that would have given the Space Coast three launches in three days. The launch was aborted with 30 seconds left on the countdown clock.

Tuesday saw an Atlas V lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station while Wednesday saw the noon liftoff of the Crew-5 mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center sending four passengers to the International Space Station.

SpaceX also stuck up another batch of Starlink satellites in a Wednesday evening launch from California, so for Elon Musk, the planned liftoff during a 67-minute window that opened at 7:07 p.m. of a Falcon 9 from Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40 would have made it three launches from three launch pads within 32 hours. SpaceX will give it another try on Friday with a launch window that opens at 7:06 p.m.

The launch looked to send the Intelsat G-33/G-34 satellites to geosynchronous transfer orbit.

If it goes up Friday, the first-stage booster on the flight would be going up for a record-tying 14th time and will try to land again on SpaceX’s droneship A Shortfall of Gravitas in the Atlantic Ocean.

The launch would be SpaceX’s 45th this calendar year from both Florida and California. It’s also the 44th launch among all companies from the Space Coast’s two launch facilities with most coming from SpaceX, which sent up 14 from KSC and 21 already from Cape Canaveral. United Launch Alliance has added another six and Astra Space two from their Canaveral launch pads.

Newly promoted Major General Stephen Purdy who leads the U.S Space Force’s Space Launch Delta 45, which overseas the Eastern Range, noted the Atlas launch on Tuesday was actually the 50th in the previous 365 days. If SpaceX’s goes up tonight, it’ll be 52 in 52 weeks.

“I am continuously humbled to serve alongside the incredible Airmen and Guardians of SLD 45. Thank you for enabling us to #SetThePaceForSpace,” he posted to Twitter.

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David Harris of the Sentinel Staff contributed to this report.

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