SpaceX aborted a second launch attempt Monday evening for a Falcon 9 rocket carrying Intelsat 35e, a commercial communications satellite. The launch was shut down by SpaceX’s computers with less than 10 seconds to liftoff.
In a tweet, SpaceX said it was standing down for the day due to a violation of abort criteria, adding that the payload was in good health. It said the next launch opportunity will be on July 4.
The Elon Musk company said on the live broadcast for the launch that it was looking into the cause for the hold up, but added that Sunday’s issues appeared to have been fixed. SpaceX shifted the launch time twice on Monday, from the initial 7:37 p.m. EDT to the final time of 8:35 p.m. EDT. When the launch failed, the company said it was standing down for the day.
On Sunday, SpaceX attempted to launch the Falcon 9 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. But it was also aborted at T-10 seconds before liftoff.