The jaw-clenching words, “Hold, Hold, Hold”, came over the countdown net just seconds before the attempted launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching the Cosmo-SkyMed earth observation satellite causing a scrub for the day. A beautifully clear, if cold and crisp, Florida sunset launch would have been quite a sight if not for the cruise ship that wandered into the restricted zone over which the rocket trajectory would fly. The third delay in four days, the first two delays due to the weather, made for a lot of disappointed spectators hoping to see the rocket launch and its first stage booster return for a landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Base on 30 January 2022.
The Harmony of the Seas cruise ship left Port Canaveral shortly before the launch. No word if this ship is the ship causing the scrub disharmony.
The Falcon 9 rocket fumes over the delay on Space Launch Complex 40 cloaked in the painterly colors of a winter sunset. Actually, this venting of gaseous oxygen is normal during fueling.
SpaceX has announced they will try again the next day.
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