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SpaceX no stranger to launch day rocket glitches

When a privately built rocket aborted its launch attempt at the very last second on Saturday, it was likely a familiar sight to the booster’s builders: The California-based company SpaceX.

SpaceX’s unmanned Falcon 9 rocket aborted its launch attempt this morning just as the countdown reached T minus 0.5 seconds and the rocket’s nine main engines ignited, apparently due to an unexpectedly high engine pressure reading. The rocket will now have to wait until at least Tuesday to attempt to launch SpaceX’s first robotic Dragon space capsule flight to the International Space Station.

The launch abort, while a delay, isn’t a surprising turn of events for SpaceX. The company repeatedly pushed back the launch in recent months to allow extra time to review the rocket and Dragon capsule’s flight software. The goal, SpaceX and NASA officials said at the time, was to make sure the rocket was as ready to fly as possible.  Read More

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