SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch of Intelsat 35e Halted Today For Review, Says SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
By Space Coast Daily // July 4, 2017
ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch of Intelsat 35e was scrubbed Monday night for the second night in a row after SpaceX stated,” Standing down today due to a violation of abort criteria, vehicle/payload in good health.”
BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch of Intelsat 35e was scrubbed Monday night for the second night in a row after SpaceX stated,” Standing down today due to a violation of abort criteria, vehicle/payload in good health.”
SpaceX was originally set to try for launch liftoff July 4th evening, however SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced early Tuesday morning that the team will instead conduct full review of the rocket and pad systems today. With the earliest opportunity to launch “no earlier than 5th/6th (July),” according to Musk.
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch Intelsat 35e, a communication satellite for parts of the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.
The satellite is delivering high performance service to areas which may have more disruptive weather patterns.
SpaceX is not planning a landing for the first stage of the rocket during this particular launch.
We're going to spend the 4th doing a full review of rocket & pad systems. Launch no earlier than 5th/6th. Only one chance to get it right …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 4, 2017
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers the closest public viewing of launches with the purchase of a launch transportation/viewing ticket.
Availability of viewing opportunities and locations is dependent upon the scheduled launch time and is subject to NASA and U.S. Air Force approval.
Launch viewing opportunities for Intelsat 35e are available at the following locations:
– The main visitor complex – outside of Space Shuttle Atlantis®, approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers from launch pad – included with daily admission
– Apollo/Saturn V Center – approximately 3.9 miles/6.27 kilometers from launch pad – $20 in addition to daily admission
Tickets for launch viewing at Apollo/Saturn V Center are currently available online.
The main visitor complex viewing area is included with daily admission. Both locations offer bleacher seating and launch commentary, and have access to restrooms, dining and souvenirs.
After arriving and parking at the visitor complex, launch viewing/transportation ticket holders are transported by bus from inside the main visitor complex to these special viewing areas at Kennedy Space Center, behind NASA’s gates.
Security protocol requires that all ticket holders must be transported by only visitor complex tour buses to these secure facilities.
Bus boarding for launch viewing/transportation ticket holders begins three hours before the scheduled launch time as it takes time to load and transport ticket holders by bus.
Kennedy Space Center contributed to this report
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