SpaceX cancels Falcon rocket launch seconds before liftoff

Following the launch, SpaceX plans to try landing the booster on solid ground at a different part of Cape Canaveral.

CAPE CANAVERAL-For decades it has stood like a skyscraper on the Florida coast, its spire stretching more than 400-feet high.

In a joint venture with NASA, medical doctor and physicist Anita Goel said that the sole aim of sending the superbug to space was to observe its reaction to zero-gravity environment and also to undertand their mutation and resistance to antibiotics. SpaceX has successfully recovered Falcon 9 first stages from five missions at sea using the company's Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ships.

"It's disappointing", said Robbie Haney of Grayslake, Illinois, who is in Florida visiting friends in Tampa Bay and attended the viewing with her husband Ken. Its monster rocket, the Space Launch System, which it plans to fly around the moon in 2018, would launch from Launch Complex 39B.

Ken Haney said increased activity from private companies has been fun to watch.

SpaceX now leases the pad from Kennedy Space Center and began renovating around the clock after the September 1 explosion damaged Complex 40, according to NASA.

SpaceX will attempt to launch again on Sunday at 9:38 a.m.

The SpaceX/Dragon CRS-10 launch coverage will be broadcast on NASA TV beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT Saturday, Feb. 18, with additional commentary on the NASA launch blog.

Worth noting, this will be the first rocket to launch from Kennedy Space Center's LC39 since NASA officially wrapped up its space shuttle program in July 2011.

Falcon 9 laying horizontal on LC-39A during the media remote camera setup on Friday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

SpaceX aborted its planned Dragon cargo launch to the International Space Station just seconds before liftoff on Saturday due to a technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket engine.

A spokesman for SpaceX told AFP that engineers found a small helium leak in the second-stage thrust control of the rocket's engine. NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana said at the same press conference that NASA is in complete agreement with the Air Force.

During the countdown this morning, one problem developed with the autonomous flight termination system (FTS) being used as the primary range safety abort system for the first time on a SpaceX launch. This one is carrying 5,490 pounds of science equipment and materials, crew supplies, and space station hardware.

SpaceX is all set to launch a rocket from NASA's historic moon pad.

Among the cargo manifest for Saturday's launch is the Stratospheric Aerosol Gas Experiment III (SAGE III).

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