Tug boat contributed to SpaceX launch scrub
A tug boat towing a barge was at least partially to blame for the Sunday night scrub of a planned Falcon 9 rocket launch.
The boat had ventured into the safety zone below the rocket’s flight path, forcing Falcon 9 to sit on the pad 35 minutes longer than expected. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the wait caused liquid oxygen loaded into the rocket’s propellant tanks to heat up, and a “helium bubble triggered (the) alarm.”
A fourth launch attempt has been scheduled for Tuesday.
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