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[b]SpaceX finds root cause of abort, repairs underway[/b]
The last second abort of SpaceX's first attempt to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) was caused by a failed valve, the company reported Saturday (May 19) afternoon.
"Today's launch was aborted when the flight computer detected slightly high pressure in the engine 5 combustion chamber. We have discovered root cause and repairs are underway," the commercial spaceflight company said in a statement.
"During rigorous inspections of the engine, SpaceX engineers discovered a faulty check valve on the Merlin engine. We are now in the process of replacing the failed valve," the statement continued. "Those repairs should be complete tonight."
SpaceX said that if the repair and data reviews proceed as expected, then they will be ready to attempt launching their Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday (May 22) at 3:44 a.m. EDT (0744 GMT).
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