SpaceX stands down from secret spy satellite launch; here’s when they’ll try again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX said it is standing down on its launch planned from the Space Coast on Thursday.

The company is working to send a secret spy satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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The three-hour launch window at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station opened at 9 a.m. and was called off just after 11 a.m. Officials said they will stand down for 24 hours, opening their next launch window at 9 a.m. Friday.

The company said the rocket auto-abort called with less than two minutes remaining. SpaceX said it was due to a second stage sensor reading.

They said the vehicle and payload are in good health.

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After the launch, the Falcon 9 booster will return to a landing site there instead of landing on a barge in the ocean.

The launch could be the last of 2020.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.