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SpaceX Calls Off Launch of Space Weather Satellite

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The company's main objective is to launch the government's Deep Space Climate Observatory to monitor solar outbursts.

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for a sunset launch from complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. (Image source: AP/John Raoux)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The SpaceX company has called off Sunday's launch of a deep-space observatory.

The countdown was halted at the two-and-a-half-minute mark at Cape Canaveral, Florida, because of a problem with a rocket-tracking system. At the same time, SpaceX was dealing with a rocket issue.

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for a sunset launch from complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. (Image source: AP/John Raoux)

SpaceX had been aiming for a launch and landing within minutes of each other. The next try could come as early as Monday.

The company's main objective is to launch the government's Deep Space Climate Observatory to monitor solar outbursts. The spacecraft is refashioned from the Earth-gazing satellite conceived in the late 1990s by then Vice President Al Gore. Gore was on hand for the launch attempt and said he was grateful to all those who kept his dream alive.

A secondary goal is to attempt a landing of the leftover booster on an ocean platform. Last month's effort failed.

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