Launch of SpaceX's next Falcon 9 rocket is on hold, pending a review after a related test vehicle self-destructed during a flight test last week.
The company had planned to launch its 12th Falcon 9 rocket early Wednesday to put a communications satellite into orbit for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings. It would have been the second launch this month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat, which is paying SpaceX about $110 million for the two flights.
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SpaceX decided late Tuesday afternoon to postpone the launch so engineers could "triple-check" if there are any failure scenarios that have been overlooked.
Initial analysis shows no direct link between the problem that caused SpaceX's Falcon 9R development vehicle to self-destruct on Friday about 17 seconds after launch from the company's McGregor, Texas, facility.
The Falcon 9R problem stemmed from a blocked sensor port, company founder and chief executive Elon Musk said in a statement released late Tuesday.