SpaceX launch aborted at last second

I hope people don't read too much into this temporary setback of the privatization of space. The Falcon rocket has had 2 successful launches in the past, but a sensor detected a build up in pressure and automatically shut down the engine and aborted today's launch. As I mentioned yesterday, the mission would have been the first privately built operation to dock with the ISS. The Falcon, as well as the Dragon capsule, are still in the experiemntal stage and failures are bound to occur. This is in the nature of new launch systems and should not be seen as anything more than a normal process to perfect the hardware and software that will eventually lift crews up to the International Space Station. CNN: SpaceX aborted the historic launch of its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on Saturday at the last second because of a rocket engine glitch. The launch would the first attempt to send a private spacecraft to the space station. SpaceX and NASA officials say the next...(Read Full Post)