Space Exploration Technologies' Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule aborted the launch at 4:55 a.m. EDT (0855 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The engines were lit and then shut down automatically when a problem was detected, before the rocket was released from its clamps. I heard someone say the flight computers were not responding...but it could be something else once they look at the data.
No flight can take place today as the launch window has closed. The fuel will be off loaded and the rocket examined in preparation for a new launch window to be announced later. Pity, everything went flawlessly and on time.
Update: Looks like one of the firing nine engines had a parameter that was out of bounds and that shut the launch down. A early morning May 22 (Tuesday) launch window is the earliest they can launch again.
I must say the webcast video was excellent this time. I had flawless 720p reception on my laptop. I thank SpaceX for the purchased bandwidth that was available to anyone. I don't know if the lateness of the launch and it being Sat. morning resulted in fewer viewers and consequently more bandwidth for me, but I hope not. I liked this even if it didn't end as planned.
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