High winds force delay in SpaceX launch

SpaceX Falcon 9
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket stands on its pad at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in preparation for sending the EchoStar 23 satellite into orbit. (SpaceX Photo)

High winds have forced SpaceX to postpone its launch of the EchoStar 23 communications satellite, a mission requiring so much oomph that the company won’t even try landing the first-stage booster afterward.

The Falcon 9 rocket was due to lift off in the wee hours of March 15 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but SpaceX decided to wait out the winds.

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By Alan Boyle

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