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Falcon-9 launch tonight… possibly!

December 2, 2013

SpaceX’s third attempt to launch the SES-8 satellite could take place on the evening of December 2nd. The Thursday launch abort was blamed on oxygen being present in or near a component, but means that one of the rocket’s turbopump gas generators will need to be cleaned.  SpaceX, in a statement said: “The rocket engines are healthy. The earliest possible launch attempt is Monday evening”.

SES-8 is a 3,138 kg satellite that is intended to be located to serve South Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The launch has now been delayed twice, with minor glitches blamed on both occasions.

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