SpaceX aborts Falcon 9 rocket launch at the last minute

Elon Musk

Friday's launch window closes at 6:21 p.m. EDT.

The embedded live stream above will broadcast live from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida. It was during the countdown to the 5:47 pm liftoff that computers automatically triggered an abort of the launch sequence.

SpaceX tweeted after the abort that it was a "standard ground system auto abort", without further explanation.

The payload contained the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first geostationary communications satellite for the country of Bangladesh.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will deploy into orbit roughly 33 minutes after launch.

"Rocket and payload are in good health-teams are working towards tomorrow's backup launch opportunity at 4:14 p.m".

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission is the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

As usual, after its takeoff, the new SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5, which has been rescheduled for today at 16:14 - 18:21 EDT, will attempt a ideal landing on the renowned Atlantic Ocean's SpaceX platform, "Of course I still love you". During a conference call Thursday before the flight, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he expects to see "Same day re-flight of the same rocket", as early as next year. The satellite will provide direct-to-home services and video distribution, along with other small aperture terminal communications.

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