SpaceX launch aborted: Spy satellite mission scrubbed less than 2 minutes before lift off
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SpaceX has aborted the launch of the NROL-18 mission at the one minute and 53-second countdown. The Elon Musk firm was tagged to fly an unspecified spy satellite into orbit for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). SpaceX’s ground control, however, noted higher-than-normal pressured in the launch vehicle’s upper stage.
An attempt was made to recycle the launch before the 5pm GMT (12pm EST) launch window was over.
The decision was then made to scrub the launch altogether and push it to a backup window on Friday, December 18.
A SpaceX commentator said during the company’s official live broadcast of the launch: “If you’ve been following along, we had an abort on the countdown at the T minus one minute and 53-second mark.
“At that time sensors detected slightly high pressure in the upper stage liquid oxygen thanks, which caused the abort.
“Now keep in mind the purpose of the countdown is to help us catch potential issues prior to flight.
“There are a thousand ways a launch can go wrong and only one way it can go right.”
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