UPDATE: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch From KSC Pad 39A Scrubbed Due To High Winds

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SCRUBBED: SpaceX has scrubbed this launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from KSC due to high winds. The next launch attempt will be early Thursday morning.

UPDATE: SpaceX has scrubbed this launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from KSC due to high winds. The next launch attempt will be early Thursday morning.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The private spaceflight company SpaceX test fired a Falcon 9 rocket Thursday (March 9), setting the stage for a commercial satellite launch set for March 14.

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SpaceX conducted the Falcon 9 static test fire at Launch Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida to ensure that the rocket is ready to launch the communications satellite EchoStar 23 on Tuesday (March 14).

The test, which was captured on video by SpaceflightNow, is a standard preflight check ahead of every SpaceX launch.

The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch EchoStar 23 Tuesday during a nearly three-hour window that opens at 1:34 a.m. EST and closes at 4:04 a.m. EST.

It will mark SpaceX’s third launch of the year and its second from Pad 39A, which the company is leasing from NASA for commercial flights of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. NASA used the historic pad to launch Apollo moon missions and space shuttle flights.

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk has said on Twitter that EchoStar 23 launch won’t include an attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster due to the weight of the satellite and the altitude of its final geostationary transfer orbit.

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