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SpaceX Scrubs Mission SES-9 for Third Time in a Week

SpaceX SES-9, Feb. 22, 2016

The private space company is aiming for the first successful rocket landing on an ocean platform

With only seconds to go to liftoff, SpaceX aborted yet another launch attempt Sunday — the third time it’s called things off since Wednesday.

Elon Musk’s private space company tweeted that the launch vehicle and the spacecraft were healthy. Monday had been set for a backup launch date at Cape Canaveral, Florida, but SpaceX said an update was pending a data review.

Mission SES-9 is trying to achieve the first successful rocket landing on an ocean platform. Its two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, designed to send of satellites into orbit, uses a new fuel mixture that offers more power…

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