WASHINGTON (dpa) – SpaceX Tuesday scrubbed the launch of a crucial climate monotiring satellite due to high winds.
It was the second cancellation of the launch, following Sunday’s scrub due to technical problems.
The next attempt will be Wednesday at 2303 GMT from Cape Canaveral, Florida, SpaceX said.
If it goes off as planned, SpaceX attempts to try for a second time to land part of the jettisoned rocket on a floating deck in the Atlantic Ocean – a new development that could significantly lower the cost of space launches.
The Deep Space Climate Observatory, DSCOVR, which is being launched, is intended to help US weather officials to monitor global warming.
The launch will be the company’s second attempt to land the first stage of a rocket booster on a floating deck about 100 metres long and 60 metres wide.
Its attempt on January 10 didn’t go according to plan. The rocket reached the floating deck, but landed hard.
The January 10 launch was however successful in sending the unmanned Dragon spaceship to the International Space Station on a resupply mission for the US space agency NASA.
Dragon returned to Earth late Tuesday, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.