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Delay-stricken SpaceX launch scrubbed

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Delay-stricken SpaceX launch scrubbed by technical issue

SpaceX called off launch of a Falcon 9 rocket Friday after detecting an unexpected pressurization signature on the launcher's second stage.

Officials said the launch team detected a drop in pressure on the rocket's second stage shortly before beginning the terminal countdown for liftoff at 6:08 p.m. EDT (2208 GMT). The launch crew spent nearly an hour evaluating the problem, aiming to be ready for liftoff at the end of Friday's launch window at 7:01 p.m. EDT (2301 GMT).

It was not clear whether the issue was on the launcher or ground systems, and engineers studying the problem ultimately called an abort at T-minus 7 minutes, 50 seconds.

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SpaceX delays Falcon 9 launch to Tuesday

SpaceX managers called off the planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday after identifying a potential concern during preflight testing, delaying liftoff until at least Tuesday.

The scrub marked the third straight day technical issues or stormy weather have prompted launch delays.

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Falcon 9 launch for Orbcomm slips to first week of July

SpaceX and Orbcomm announced Monday they have pushed back the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral with six commercial communications satellites until at least the first week of July.

Officials said the delay gives engineers time to evaluate an unspecified issue found during pre-flight preparations Sunday, which forced SpaceX to call off a launch attempt for the third consecutive day.

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