Range Tracking

Falcon 9 fails to fly – again

The Thanksgiving Day – 28 November 2013 – launch attempt by SpaceX to place the SES-8 communications satellite into orbit aboard the new, upgraded Falcon 9 rocket came sputtering to a stop as the Merlin 1D engines shutdown moments after ignition due to a failure ramping up to the proper thrust levels to achieve liftoff. A second launch attempt at the end of the launch window was called off with only a minute to go over concerns the cause of the launch abort were still not understood. The video shows the launch abort during a very windy and cold twilight from about ten miles away.

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