Private rocket suffers failure to launch
A new private supply ship for the International Space Station remained stuck on the ground yesterday after rocket engine trouble led to a last-second abort of the historic flight.
The ignition sequence for the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket started up at the three-second mark yesterday morning, but the onboard computers automatically shut down, leaving the rocket on its launch pad amid a plume of exhaust.
Even NASA's most seasoned launch commentator was taken off guard.
"Three, two, one, zero and lift-off," announced commentator George Diller, his voice trailing as the rocket failed to budge. "We've had a cut-off. Lift-off did not occur."
Tuesday is the earliest that SpaceX can try again to send its cargo-laden Dragon capsule to the space station.