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Spacex aborts rocket launch

Likely to be just a short delay
Fri Nov 29 2013, 11:50

SPACE TRAVEL ENTREPRENEUR Elon Musk aborted the latest Spacex rocket launch yesterday, but the delay should be just a few hours.

Musk has audacious low cost space rocket plans that have been progressing well. The very last minute abort last night seems to have been down to technical issues that apparently can be worked out.

Musk announced the aborted launch on Twitter. "We called manual abort. Better to be paranoid and wrong. Bringing rocket down to borescope engines...," he said. This had followed a slightly earlier automatic hold. "Launch aborted by autosequence due to slower than expected thrust ramp. Seems ok on closer inspection. Cycling countdown," explained Musk.

On Twitter he told Captain James T Kirk, otherwise known as the actor William Shatner, that the delay of the launch would only be a short one, and said that the rocket will go back up within several days.

"Probably at least a few days. Depends on whether we need to pull the turbopumps," he said.

The aborted flight was also announced on the Spacex Twitter feed, though not in any great detail, and the traffic was limited to retweets of the founder's messages.

Earlier, it had been excited at the prospect of a launch on Thanksgiving, and explained that this flight would have been the first on that day at Cape Canaveral since 1959.

In October, the commercial space effort made its highest leap yet to an altitude of 744 metres, with a Falcon 9 Grasshopper rocket µ


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