Computer aborts milestone SpaceX rocket launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket
SpaceX’s first Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket sits on its Florida launch pad. (SpaceX via YouTube)

The anxiously awaited launch of the first of SpaceX’s “last” Falcon 9 rockets will have to wait at least one more day. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the company’s upgraded Block 5 model “will be the last major version of the Falcon 9” before it’s retired in favor of the super-duper-sized BFR. This first Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket was due to launch the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 for Bangladesh from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center today, but SpaceX’s flight control computer automatically called a halt to the countdown at T-minus-58 seconds.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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