The launch was scheduled for 9:43 p.m. EDT (01:43 GMT on Saturday) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch sequence was aborted by mission control two seconds before ignition. Space X would not immediately report what caused the hiccup or when another attempt would be made.
The abort was the second in as many days for Space X. A different Falcon 9 rocket, carrying 60 satellites of the Starlink internet system was scheduled for launch on Thursday. But that mission was pulled just 18 seconds before lift-off due to irregular ground sensor readings.
The GPS satellite in Friday’s mission belongs to a new Block III generation of US military spacecraft providing navigation signals. The Pentagon already has three of them in orbit, delivered by Space X in December 2018 and June this year and by the United Launch Alliance in August 2019.
SpaceX, Falcon 9, United States Space Force, Space launch, GPS Block III, United Launch Alliance
World news – GB – Space X launch aborted TWO SECONDS before launch, days after Starlink mission failure