During a press briefing at The Kennedy Space Center on May 19, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell and NASA Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Manager Alan Lindenmoyer discussed the launch abort of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule on a demonstration flight to the International Space Station. Early data shows that high chamber pressure in Engine #5 caused a cutoff of all nine engines at T- 0.5 seconds. SpaceX will continue to look at the data and inspect the engine before setting a new launch date. The next possible opportunity is May 22 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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  1. There might be some hope yet though. The SLS (if it ever happens) appears to be reusing some Saturn V tech like the J2 engine and possibly even the F-1.

  2. Then again, 0.5 seconds is eternity on a computer system. Billions, if not trillions, of calculations can be made in that amount of time 😉

  3. no need to belittle SpaceX. Scrub the launch as much as you guys need to be sure the mission will be successful. There's a lot riding on this Falcon 9/Dragon launch.

    its still the dawning of a new era and I'm very excited for our space-faring future 😀

  4. Elon made an excellent and brilliant choice with Gwynne, she has the charisma and intelligence and has a fair knowledge of the rockets. Extremely concrete in what she says. Even today she's excellent at what she does.

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