SpaceX delays the launch of its most powerful rocket to Monday for a better landing

SpaceX delays the launch of its most powerful rocket to Monday for a better landing
Credit: Orbcomm / Twitter

SpaceX has delayed the commercial launch of its Falcon 9 rocket with a satellite payload in order to wait for better weather and ensure a safe landing.

The company was slated to launch a new Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday, to carry 11 OG2 satellites into orbit for telecom firm ORBCOMM Inc.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that weather forecasts for Monday night look better, and that the launch has been rescheduled for 8:33PM PT.

In June, a SpaceX rocket headed for the International Space Station disintegrated two minutes after it launched; it was the first failure for the company’s Falcon 9, which had racked up 18 successful missions up until then.

Last month, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company Blue Origin successfully landed its New Shepard rocket. Bezos was proud of the achievement, but Musk made sure to throw shade and remind him that SpaceX had achieved similar milestones in the past.

You can catch a live webcast of SpaceX’s launch on its website on Monday at 8:10PM ET.

ORBCOMM-2 mission update [SpaceX]

 

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