Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Falcon 9 rocket failed to launch today after the mission was aborted during the countdown at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The two-stage reusable rocket from Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. had been due to carry a Dragon capsule taking food and science experiments to the International Space Station under contract for NASA.
SpaceX is trying to make history with technology that will guide the spent booster to a soft, vertical touchdown on an unmanned ship in the Atlantic Ocean, instead of burning up on re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere.
The mission, which may now launch on Friday, would be the first since an Antares rocket operated by rival Orbital Sciences Corp. exploded in October, as well as a SpaceX postponement last month.
Musk has said developing a rocket capable of multiple launches could cut spaceflight expenses by a factor of 100.
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