SpaceX Rocket Launch Canceled Just 2 Minutes Before Liftoff
SpaceX's latest mission has been scrubbed.
The Falcon rocket launch, carrying two NASA astronauts, a Russian cosmonaut and the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates to be assigned to such a voyage, was headed to the International Space Station for a monthslong mission.
"Standing down from tonight's launch of Crew-6 due to a TEA-TEB ground system issue," SpaceX tweeted early Monday morning. "Both Crew-6 and the vehicles are healthy and propellant offload has begun ahead of the crew disembarking Dragon."
An issue with the engine ignition system was determined to be the cause of the failure, reported the Associated Press, which cited a SpaceX engineer who said the problem involved the ignition fluid which acts like the "spark plugs for a car."
The mission was canceled just two minutes before liftoff and crew members had to sit in the capsule for around an hour as the fluid was drained from the rocket before it was safe to disembark, added the AP.
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"We'll be sitting here waiting," commander Stephen Bowen said at the time. "We're all feeling good."
With adverse weather conditions forecast for parts of the U.S. East Coast in the next couple of days, the space agency said it was "targeting no earlier than Thursday, March 2 at 12:34 a.m. ET" for the next launch attempt.
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The team of astronauts are replacing four others who have been on the space station since October.