Anvil clouds scrub launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 with SpX-6 Dragon
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The gods of weather were not in favor of SpaceX’s attempt to land the firm’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on the “Just Read The Instructions” Autonomous Drone Spaceport ship (dubbed such by the company’s Founder and CEO Elon Musk). With a mere three minutes left on the clock before today’s scheduled 4:33 p.m. EDT (20:33 GMT) launch of the Dragon cargo vessel stuffed with more than 4,300 lbs of experiments and supplies for the International Space Station, the words “Hold, Hold, Hold!” could be heard, followed shortly by the announcement that today’s launch attempt had been scrubbed.
While the weather might not have cooperated, with large storm clouds looming over the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Falcon 9 v1.1 itself was working as advertised, with no technical issues being noted before today’s launch attempt.
If everything goes according to plan, SpaceX and NASA will try again tomorrow at 4:10 p.m. EDT (20:10 GMT). After the first stage of the booster has helped dragon on its way to the ISS, it will attempt to carry out a controlled descent and landing off the Coast of Florida near Jacksonville.
Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.