Source: SpaceX

SpaceX Launch Scrubbed Due to Clouds at Cape Canaveral

(Bloomberg) -- SpaceX’s scheduled launch of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket to resupply the International Space Station was scrubbed because of cloudy weather.

The rocket, carrying the Dragon cargo spacecraft and 4,300 pounds (1,950 kilograms) of supplies and payloads, was slated to blast off at 4:33 p.m. New York time Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA called the launch a “no go” shortly before takeoff, citing the weather.

“Launch postponed due to lightning from an approaching anvil cloud,” Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said in a Twitter post. The next launch attempt is set for Tuesday at 4:10 p.m. New York time.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., founded by Musk, has a $1.6 billion contract with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration to resupply the station. The Hawthorne, California-based company also has a second contract, valued at as much as $2.6 billion, to transport crews.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dana Hull in San Francisco at dhull12@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jamie Butters at jbutters@bloomberg.net John Lear

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