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Hurricane Ida-spawned storms force SpaceX to scrub Florida launch

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Storms spawned by Hurricane Ida’s slow churn near Florida forced SpaceX to scrub the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center early Saturday, setting the stage for a 24-hour turnaround.

Just under 10 minutes before the planned 3:37 a.m. launch, a SpaceX launch director called the scrub as conditions continued to worsen around pad 39A. Teams had already been keeping an eye on thick clouds and rain, but as the window drew closer, other concerns like approaching cumulus clouds and the potential for rocket-triggered lightning ultimately forced the scrub.

The mission, SpaceX’s 23rd International Space Station resupply under contract with NASA, is now targeting a 3:14 a.m. Sunday liftoff. An uncrewed Dragon capsule secured to the top of the rocket will carry thousands of pounds of cargo, supplies, and science experiments to a seven-person crew of astronauts and cosmonauts stationed aboard the ISS.


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