Spacex says it delays launch of rocket to ISS

May 19, 2012 12:43

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The launch of the privately owned Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was delayed on Saturday when a computer detected a possible problem with one of the rocket's engines, a Space Exploration Technologies official said.

Preparations for the company's trial cargo run to the International Space Station had been proceeding smoothly until 4:55 a.m. local time. Instead of the Falcon 9 rocket's main engines igniting, an onboard computer scrubbed the launch.

"Liftoff, we've had a cutoff. Liftoff did not occur," said NASA launch commentator George Diller. NASA is investing in SpaceX and four other companies to fly cargo and eventually astronauts to the orbital outpost following the retirement of the space shuttles last summer.

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