RTF launch for SpaceX Falcon 9 scrubbed
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has decided to delay the Return-to-Flight mission for the Hawthorne, California-based firm’s “Full Thrust” Falcon 9 (v1.2) rocket by some 24 hours in order to provide better chances of a successful landing.
The mission which could see SpaceX attempt to not only send 11 Orbcomm second generation (OG2) satellites to orbit but also to have the rocket’s first stage carry out a controlled landing at Cape Canaveral’s newly-renamed “Landing Zone 1” – which was formerly known as Space Launch Complex 13.
In a tweet issued by SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk, the NewSpace entrepreneur gave the following reason for the delay:
“Just reviewed mission params w SpaceX team. Monte Carlo runs show tmrw night has a 10% higher chance of a good landing. Punting 24 hrs.”
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.