SpaceX Aborts ITS Launch

SpaceX computers automatically aborted a Thanksgiving Day launch attempt using a myriad of advanced sensors and algorithms. The launch attempt was originally scheduled for earlier in the week, but was aborted at that time. The Falcon 9 rocket had a 65 minute launch window which started at 5:39PM ET on Thanksgiving Day.

What’s interesting is how, even though the launch was aborted twice in one week, SpaceX is able to quickly reset and recover from these minor setbacks. This is in stark contrast to NASA’s Space Shuttle program, which would often require many weeks or even months between launch attempts. The technology has come a long way, spearheaded by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

The launch is intended to release an SES-8 communications satellite into orbit, which is owned by SES World Skies, a Luxembourg based company. This is the first  time SpaceX is attempting to launch a commercial communications satellite and, if and when successful, this launch will go a long way toward replacing the US Space Shuttle program, which was discontinued last year.

In this video, it’s amazing to see the highly advanced automated systems that detected a problem and autonomously took action. An advanced combination of sensors and computers running proprietary algorithms automatically aborted the launch. Then, even though the engines began to fire, an automatic fire-supression system kicks in to extinguish the engines and begin the process to reset the launch sequence.

This is a perfect example of the Tech Explosion….without an explosion!

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