A plane in mid-flight interrupted the launch from Florida (USA) of the Falcon 9 rocket of the aerospace company SpaceX, to transit through the exclusion zone, so the takeoff of the ship was postponed, as confirmed by the company’s president, Elon Musk.
The launch was aborted with only 11 seconds remaining for takeoff.
“Unfortunately, the launch is canceled for today, as a plane entered in the ‘exclusion zone’, which is unreasonably gigantic “, lamented the businessman on Twitter.
“There is simply no way for humanity to become a space civilization without major regulatory reform. The current regulatory system is broken “, Musk stated.
Unfortunately, launch is called off for today, as an aircraft entered the “keep out zone”, which is unreasonably gigantic.
There is simply no way that humanity can become a spacefaring civilization without major regulatory reform. The current regulatory system is broken.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2021
Also via Twitter, the company noted that the planned launch “will not occur today after a last minute wait of T-minus 11 seconds due to a range of glitches.”
A short time later, SpaceX confirmed on its website that the launch of the Falcon 9, which has 88 satellites on board, it was postponed to this wednesday June 30 at 2:56 p.m. local time (18:56 GMT) on the Cape Canaveral launch pad.
Second mission of the SmallSat program
This is the Transporter-2 shared transport mission, which must carry 88 small satellites atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Platform 40.
The liftoff will mark the second mission of the SmallSat Rideshare program, the company reported.
There are 85 spacecraft aboard this launch. commercial and governmental (including CubeSats, microsatellites and orbital transfer vehicles) and 3 Starlink satellites, SapaceX detailed.
“While there are fewer spacecraft on board compared to Transporter-1, this mission is actually throwing more mass into orbit for SpaceX customers, “he added.
The ship that is used is filled with cargo and research supplies for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (EEI). After launch, the rocket will dock with the ISS on July 1, the website space.com said.
SpaceX is currently developing its Starlink program with the idea of supply broadband internet globally.
For this program you must place a few 1,600 satellites in Earth orbit, about 549 kilometers above Earth, a much shorter distance than usual for these commercial devices.