SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 launch was postponed once again, this time due to extreme upper-level winds. The launch has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 6:03PM ET. This was the third time the company had to postpone the launch, which was originally scheduled for Sunday.
The high winds were seen throughout the day both on the ground and at 25,000 feet where the peak speeds exceeded 100 knots. Elon Musk foreshadowed the postponement earlier in the afternoon:
Extreme wind shear over Cape Canaveral. Feels like a sledgehammer when supersonic in the vertical. Hoping it changes …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 10, 2015
Even with the scrubbed launch this was still a busy day for SpaceX. One of its Dragon cargo capsules separated from the International Space Station earlier this afternoon, and is ticketed to splash down off the coast of California later this evening.
This mission is SpaceX's second attempt at testing the company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket. During the first attempt in January, the rocket made it to the barge but ran out of hydraulic fluid. As a result, it landed too hard and exploded on impact.