SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 rocket launch Wednesday night


SpaceX to attempt Falcon 9 rocket launch Wednesday night

The launch was scrubbed in the final seconds Sunday and Monday evening.

Wednesday's launch window will open at 7:37 p.m. Once aloft, Intelsat 35e will deliver C- and Ku-band services for wireless infrastructure, mobility, broadband, government and media customers in the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.

"We're going to spend the 4th doing a full review of rocket & pad systems". This required an expendable Falcon 9, meaning that the vehicle did not have the legs and grid fins characteristic of SpaceX's reusability efforts.

However, seconds before lift-off, the launch was aborted, which was initiated by SpaceX computers.

This was SpaceX's first launch for Intelsat, which has a West Coast sales office in Long Beach. Launch no earlier than 5th/6th.

Wednesday's launch is SpaceX's third attempt to send the satellite to space in the past week. The addition of a second Eastern pad to SpaceX launch facilities will also eventually allow the company to aggressively ramp up cadence, or at least have a pad dedicated exclusively to Crew Dragon and Falcon Heavy launches.

Rocket explosions on June 28, 2015 and September 1, 2016 pushed back dozens of scheduled customer deliveries worth more than $10 billion, SpaceX officials said late a year ago. The company stated that a violation of abort criteria caused the delay. But SpaceX offers highly competitive orbital-delivery rates that are a fraction of their USA competitors.