3 January 2014
The launch of SpaceX’s unmanned Falcon 9 rocket has been delayed until at least Monday. It had been scheduled to launch Friday evening. The rocket will carry a Thaicom communications satellite, built by Orbital Sciences Corp, and designed to improve communications in Southeast Asia and Africa. While SpaceX is not aware of any issues that might cause mission failure, the company nonetheless wants to ensure the highest possible level of mission assurance and therefore decided to conduct additional inspections of the launch vehicle. Liftoff is now set for no earlier than Monday, with backup launch opportunities are available from 8–12 January. (Image Credit: SpaceX)
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