Falcon 9 Launch Scrubbed, Rescheduled for Tomorrow

wwwA Falcon 9 rocket carrying the GovSat-1 Satellite was scheduled to lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 on CCAFS this afternoon. The window for launch was to open at 4:25 pm EST and last until 6:46 pm EST. Roughly an hour before the opening of the window, SpaceX announced they were canceling today’s attempt due to a second stage sensor that needed to be replaced. The next try for launch is scheduled for tomorrow, January 31, with the same launch window beginning at 4:25 pm and lasting into the early evening.

 

The GovSat-1 payload is the first satellite being launched by the company GovSat. A major Satellite operator, named SES, and the Luxembourg government joined to form this company with the intention of providing increased satellite communications for various worldwide government functions.

 

This morning, media members were brought to SLC-40 where Falcon 9 was being prepared for launch. Members from SES, the Luxembourg government, and Grand-Ducal Court stood in front of the rocket for a photo opportunity. Photographers from various media outlets were able to take photos and set up sound-triggered cameras that will capture the rocket as its powerful engines lift it from the launch pad.

 

Photo: Marcus Cote

 

Chris Gebhardt sets up photo equipment for the launch. Photo: Marcus Cote

 

Photo: Marcus Cote

 

From left to right: Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES; Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Minister of Defence; Her Royal Highness the Hereditary Grand Duchess; His Royal Highness the Hereditary Grand Duke; Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Minister of State, Minister for Communications and Media; Patrick Biewer, CEO of GovSat. Photo: Marcus Cote

 

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