Thanksgiving night launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral aborted

Cape Canaveral, Fla. - There was no Thanksgiving break for the SpaceX launch team. 

The Falcon 9 rocket was set for launch at 5:39 p.m., but with two seconds left on the countdown the launch was aborted in Cape Canaveral due to slower than expected thrust ramp.

SpaceX tried a second attempt, but called it off with 48 seconds left on the countdown.

The privately owned Space X Falcon 9 rocket has experienced several technical issues this year.

SpaceX says it will try again Friday to launch the 7,000-pound satellite into geostationary orbit.

The launch was originally scheduled for early this year but also was scrubbed. More glitches kept it on the ground Monday. SpaceX was not granted permission by the FAA to launch Tuesday or Wednesday due to heavy Thanksgiving air traffic.

The SES-8 satellite will be used in conjunction with other communications systems to increase bandwidth capacity in Asia and provide expansion of services such as maritime communications and distance learning programs.

Had the Falcon 9 rocket actually launched, it would have been the first Thanksgiving launch from Cape Canaveral since 1959.

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