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SpaceX Intelsat 35e Launch Scrubbed at Last Second

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By    |   Monday, 03 Jul 2017 09:11 AM

The SpaceX Intelsat 35e launch was scrubbed at the last second on Sunday after an apparent "glitch" interrupted the blastoff just 10 seconds before the scheduled time of the launch.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying a commercial communications satellite, was originally set to take off Sunday evening at 7:36 pm, but an "out-of-limits reading in the rocket's guidance and navigation system" prevented that, and now SpaceX plans to try again on Monday, according to CBS News.

According to the company's website, Monday's launch will deliver the satellite to "a geostationary transfer orbit" located 23,000 miles above earth.

There will be no landing of this satellite, though. The amount of fuel needed for the rockets' travel is too much to enable SpaceX to perform a proper landing.

This has a lot to do with the weight of the Falcon 9 rocket — 14,906 pounds.

If Monday's launch becomes problematic as was seen on Sunday, it could be an hour before the launch is able to be reset, according to TechCrunch.

"This is a computer abort that happened at T-10 seconds where we're looking at the status of the guidance system and the flight hardware that supports it," John Insprucker, the principal integration engineer for the Falcon 9, said during the live stream for the failed launch on Sunday.

"It appears that something was out of limits, the computer stopped the countdown before we got into the engine ignition sequence," Insprucker added.

This comes after SpaceX successfully launched two rockets in the past 10 days, CBS News noted.

A Bulgarian communications satellite was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on June 23 and 10 other communications satellites were launched into space two days later.

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