SpaceX postponed a launch Tuesday to send 88 small satellites into orbit from Florida in what is known as a rideshare launch due to interference from a possible plane in the region, a SpaceX announcer said.
“It looks like the [launch] range was a no go. There might have been an airplane in the area. We do have a backup opportunity tomorrow, but for today, that’s going to do it for us,” SpaceX’s Andy Tran said after a hold was called with 11 seconds to liftoff.
Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket on the Transporter-2 mission had been planned for 2:56 p.m. EDT from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch company indicated it will try again at the same time Wednesday.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk used the incident to blast the Federal Aviation Administration, which requires a large “keep-out” zone for aircraft during a countdown.
“An aircraft entered the keep-out zone, which is unreasonably gigantic,” Musk posted on Twitter minutes after the scrub was announced. “There is simply no way that humanity can become a spacefaring civilization without major regulatory reform. The current regulatory system is broken.”According to UPI
A broad variety of spacecraft are prepared for launch, 36 of which were booked for the mission by Seattle-based Spaceflight, a company that helps arrange rideshare missions. Also aboard are three SpaceX Starlink communications satellites and two satellites for NASA.
“It’s our second dedicated small set rideshare program launch, and our 20th launch of 2021,” Tran said. “SpaceX created this program to provide small satellite operators with more opportunities and flexible times at a competitive price.”