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SpaceX Latest DSCOVR Satellite Launch Delayed Again to Wednesday

Explosion and smoking debris over the SpaceX test facility in McGregor, Texas. (Image credit: Amanda Spence,)

Explosion and smoking debris over the SpaceX test facility in McGregor, Texas. (Image credit: Amanda Spence,)

After analyzing the weather conditions, SpaceX launch has beeen delayed owing to upper-level winds remaining in the red.

“The data from the next-to-last balloon revealed conditions that are still outside the allowed limits,” said Steven Siceloff on behalf of the SpaceX and NASA teams.

The next launch attempt of NOAA’s DSCOVR is on Wednesday at 6:03 p.m. EST, after upper-level winds scrubbed Tuesday’s attempt, he said.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 will place the DSCOVR spacecraft on a course to L1, an area about a million miles from Earth. The mission is more important as SpaceX is planning “rocket recovery” experiment in the liftoff.

DSCOVR will provide critical data necessary for NOAA space weather forecasters to issue timely and accurate warnings of solar storms.

“The launch teams are resetting for another launch attempt tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 6:03 p.m. EST. The weather forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of acceptable conditions. We will update the countdown status as events warrant here on the blog and our continuous coverage will begin at 5 p.m.,” said Siceloff.

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