A SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle experienced trouble with a single actuator as it prepared to leave Cape Canaveral, Fla., forcing the launch to be postponed, reported NBC News. With less than a minute and a half remaining in the countdown, “engineers observed drift on one of the two thrust vector actuators on the second stage that would likely have caused an automatic abort,” SpaceX spokesman John Taylor said in a statement. The Dragon capsule aboard the unmanned Falcon rocket contains more than 5,000 pounds of supplies intended for the International Space Station, reported MSN via the Associated Press. SpaceX plans to make a historic two-part landing in which the first stage would return to a platform in the Atlantic Ocean. If the rocket recovery experiment is successful it could lead to reusable launch vehicles, significantly driving down the cost of space launches. SpaceX head Elon Musk said via twitter the next launch attempt will be Friday around 5 a.m.
Air Force Global Strike Command has finished collecting a second round of test samples looking for hazardous chemicals at its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases and plans to expand testing to Vandenberg Space Force Base early next year, officials said Dec. 1.