Today we saw yet another scrub of the scheduled SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the DSCOVR satellite. This time it was because of upper altitude winds that were deemed too strong to launch safely. The next launch attempt has been scheduled for tomorrow, February 11, at 6:03pm EST.
It wasn’t a total “no go” for SpaceX today though. The unmanned Dragon capsule that had been docked with the International Space Station was un-berthed and released at 2:10pm EST. Dragon is currently on her way back to Earth and will splash down in the Pacific in just a few hours’ time, where she’ll be recovered by SpaceX engineers who will unpack the cargo and experiments that she’s bringing home with her.
So while it might have been a wind “fail” for the Falcon 9 today, there will still be a windfall of valuable research coming home with Dragon.
Until then, peace, love and rockets…