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May 27, 2016
SpaceX postpones rocket launch after 'tiny glitch'
Miami (AFP) May 26, 2016
SpaceX on Thursday postponed the launch of an Asian communications satellite after detecting a "tiny glitch" in the Falcon 9 rocket engine, CEO Elon Musk said. "There was a tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator," Musk said on Twitter. "Probably not a flight risk but still worth investigating." The next attempt at launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida will be Friday at the earliest, the head of the California-based company said without specifying a time. The missio ... read more

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