As the SpaceX rocket gets ready for a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it’s the latest in a long line of high-profile launch failures.
On Wednesday, SpaceX launched the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The launch came less than an hour after the first stage landed in the ocean off Cape Canaveral, Fla., and SpaceX confirmed that the rocket had suffered a “pre-flight system failure.”
It was the second time that a launch failed due to a pre-flight failure in less than a week, the company said.
SpaceX was able to recover the secondstage, but said the problem was “complex” and it would not disclose the cause of the problem.
The company said the Falcon9 rocket was supposed to take off from Kennedy Space Station in a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) configuration, but that it was delayed due to technical issues.
The flight was scheduled to take place around 11:30 a.m. local time (0330 GMT), and it was expected to reach its cruising altitude of 1,300 feet (400 meters).
At that time, the rocket would have been in a position to begin its trip to the International Space Station.
It’s unclear if the failure will affect the mission, though SpaceX said the failure would not affect the total flight time.
SpaceX also announced the cancellation of a launch attempt in March 2018.
It said that a Falcon 9 engine that had been scheduled for launch from Vandesau failed during the launch attempt, and that the engine could not be restarted.
That launch attempt would have taken place at the end of June.
SpaceX said that it has been working with the U.S. Government’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to replace the engine, which is believed to be an RD-180.