No decision from SpaceX on Falcon 9 rocket launch

By Greg Pallone, Brevard County Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 04, 2017, 6:39 PM EDT

It was take two for SpaceX on Monday night, but after a weather delay pushed the rocket launch back to the end of the window, a technical problem kept it on the pad.

  • SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch attempt aborted Monday
  • 13,000-pound communications satellite on board the rocket
  • Because of satellite size, no 1st-stage landing attempt took place
  • The launch could happen Wednesday or Thursday

No word yet as to why the rocket was aborted Monday evening, but it happened seconds before launch.

SpaceX was trying to launch its Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center — a day after a technical glitch seconds before Sunday night's launch forced the team scrub the attempt.

SpaceX wants to conduct a full review of the rocket and pad systems. The launch could be attempted again Wednesday or Thursday, but no official time has been announced.

The Falcon 9 rocket is carrying the 13,000-pound, Boeing-built Intelsat 35e communications satellite.

After the satellite is operational in orbit, it will provide communications services for government and media customers in the Americas, Caribbean, Europe and Africa.

The Falcon 9 rocket will be forced to use all of its fuel to get the satellite 22,000 miles into space, so there won't be enough fuel to attempt a first-stage booster landing back on land or on SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

It's a busy time for SpaceX. The company two coast-to-coast launches in the last week and a half. Earlier Monday, the company's Dragon capsule left the International Space Station and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The capsule has 6,000 pounds of experiments on board.