SpaceX scrubs rocket launch in Florida due to high winds

(REUTERS): Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, on Tuesday delayed the launch of a rocket set to carry a commercial communications satellite into orbit, because of high winds at its Florida launch site.

Wind gusts of up to 25 mph (40 kph) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida forced SpaceX to scrub the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket that was to have put into orbit EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, the privately owned company said on social network Twitter.

“Standing down due to high winds; working toward next available launch opportunity,” the company messaged moments after the launch window opened.

SpaceX said it had a 2-1/2 hour window from 1:34 am to launch the rocket that was to have deployed the satellite about 34 minutes after lift-off.

A backup launch window opens at 1:35 am on Thursday, SpaceX said.

(A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on a supply mission to the International Space Station from historic launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, on February 19, 2017. Photo: Reuters)

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