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SpaceX SES-9 launch on tap for Friday night

Falcon 9 will make a fifth attempt Friday to launch the SES-9 satellite. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX has rescheduled its next Falcon 9 launch attempt for tonight. The company confirmed plans Thursday to make another attempt to launch the SES-9 communications satellite during a 91-minute window that opens at 6:35 p.m. Eastern tonight.

SpaceX postponed a previous attempt Tuesday because of strong upper-altitude winds that have now subsided.

Forecasts call for a 90-percent chance of acceptable weather for launch Friday or Saturday.

Three earlier attempts were postponed by fueling issues, in one case caused at least in part by a hold when a boat entered restricted waters off Cape Canaveral. [Florida Today]


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