SpaceX postpones launch of Falcon 9 carrying EchoStar 23 satellite

SpaceX postpones launch of Falcon 9 carrying EchoStar 23 satellite

SpaceX postponed the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the EchoStar 23 satellite by around a couple of days as high winds scrubbed the planned launch on Tuesday, company officials confirmed.

Officials announced the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the direct-to-home television broadcast satellite was postponed to 1:35 a.m. EST (0535 GMT) on Thursday, 16th of March.

The launch was originally scheduled to take place at 1:34 a.m. EDT (0534 GMT) on Tuesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Air Force weather team has predicted a 90 per cent chance of supportable weather during the two-and-a-half hour launch window on Thursday.

Making the prediction, the weather team said, "High pressure will build in behind the front, bringing gusty northerly winds and cool air. Winds will lighten after sunset Wednesday and be within liftoff constraints by the launch window Thursday morning. The main weather concern will be liftoff winds."

The launch of the EchoStar 23 satellite will be SpaceX's second launch from the KSC's historic launch pad 39A, which was used during the famous Apollo Moon missions. The first launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the site took place last month.


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