Live coverage: SpaceX aborts launch attempt

December 17, 2020

SpaceX’s final Falcon 9 launch of the year will carry a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency. SpaceX aborted a launch attempt Thursday morning to assess a second stage sensor reading, and delayed the mission to Friday during a three-hour window opening at 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT).

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