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article imageSpaceX Falcon 9: 'Lift off did not occur' (video)

By Anne Sewell     May 19, 2012 in Technology
Cape Canaveral - The SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon module, loaded with half a ton of provisions for the International Space Station did not lift off.
SpaceX Falcon 9 was set to lift off from Cape Canaveral on May 19, to take half a ton of provisions to the ISS, and was meant to become the first private-made vessel to perform such a task.
The countdown was almost complete and the engine ignition sequence almost started, when the on-board computers halted the process automatically.
A report on the SpaceX website states, "Today, SpaceX aborted the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft. Due to the instantaneous launch window, we are not able to recycle and re-attempt the launch today.
Early data indicates that the flight computer detected slightly high combustion chamber pressure on engine 5, which prompted the computer to abort the countdown. We are reviewing the data."
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