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SpaceX launch delayed again, this time because of weather

Published on Jun 22, 2014 7:48 AM
 
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (right) unveils SpaceX's new seven-seat Dragon V2 spacecraft, at a press conference in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014. Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, on Saturday delayed the planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying six communications satellites after cloudy skies socked in its Florida launch site. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (REUTERS) – Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, on Saturday delayed the planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying six communications satellites after cloudy skies socked in its Florida launch site.

The privately owned company had rescheduled launch for Saturday after encountering a technical problem minutes before a launch attempt on Friday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The rocket carries six small satellites for Orbcomm Inc , a provider of machine-to-machine data and messaging services worldwide. “Today’s Orbcomm launch attempt has been scrubbed due to weather. Currently reviewing next available launch opportunities,” SpaceX wrote on its website.

SpaceX had 53 minutes to launch the rocket, beginning at 5.46pm, to put the Orbcomm satellites into their designated orbits some 800km above Earth and inclined 47 degrees relative to the equator.

 
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