March 14, 2017 / 6:42 AM / 5 months ago

SpaceX scrubs rocket launch in Florida due to high winds

REUTERS - Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, on Tuesday delayed the launch of a rocket set to carry a commercial communications satellite into orbit, because of high winds at its Florida launch site.

An exterior of the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California May 29, 2014.Mario Anzuoni/Files

Wind gusts of up to 25 mph (40 kph) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida forced SpaceX to scrub the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket that was to have put into orbit EchoStar XXIII, a commercial communications satellite for EchoStar Corporation, the privately owned company said on social network Twitter.

"Standing down due to high winds; working toward next available launch opportunity," the company messaged moments after the launch window opened.

SpaceX said it had a 2-1/2 hour window from 1:34 a.m. to launch the rocket that was to have deployed the satellite about 34 minutes after lift-off.

A backup launch window opens at 1:35 a.m. on Thursday, SpaceX said.

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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