SpaceX scrubs Falcon 9 liftoff after an automatic stop

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Update, Friday, October. 7: SpaceX scrubbed its launch attempt on Friday, October 7 to allow extra time for vehicle checkouts. The next attempt is set for Saturday, October 8 at 7:05 PM EDT.

SpaceX’s plans to conduct three liftoffs in three days were disrupted Thursday evening when a Falcon 9 rocket’s launch sequence automatically shut down with seconds remaining.

After a 30-second reminder call, an automatic sequence of launch stops was initiated by the rocket at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The computer-controlled process automatically halted launch operations and forced SpaceX to scrap the Jupiter attempt altogether.

Liftoff from Launch Complex 40 is scheduled for 7:20 pm EDT. SpaceX now plans to try again at 7:06 pm EDT Friday, October 7.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 is on the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday, October 6, 2022.  A rocket carrying a pair of commercial communications satellites, Intelsat G-33 and 34, scrubbed due to a helium leak.  Craig Bailey/Florida Today via USA Today Network

SpaceX stopped yesterday after successfully launching two Falcon 9s: one from Kennedy Space Center carrying a crew of four aboard a Dragon capsule to the International Space Station; Then seven hours later, it involves the launch of Starlink Internet satellites from California.

The SpaceX launch director announced that the abort was caused by a “higher-than-expected reading of cryogenic helium decay.”

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