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Cruise ship enters hazard area forcing scrub of Spacex launch

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Imagine a cruise ship being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well, a cruise ship did enter a hazard area forcing a scrub of a Spacex launch!

FloridaToday.com is reporting, “A cruise ship veered into the exclusion zone along a Falcon 9 rocket’s flightpath Sunday evening, forcing SpaceX to stand down from the mission yet again and prepare for a 24-hour turnaround.

Launch engineers, counting down to a 6:11 p.m. EST liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, waited as long as possible for the Coast Guard to resolve the situation but ultimately ran out of time to meet the instantaneous window’s deadline. It marked the fourth delay for the mission that was previously scrubbed due to inclement weather around Launch Complex 40.

Teams are now targeting 6:11 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 31, for the fifth attempt at launching an Italian Space Agency Earth observation satellite. If it cannot fly on time, SpaceX will turn its attention to a Feb. 2 national defense payload at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California before re-focusing on the Cape.

Weather for the Monday attempt, according to the Space Force, is expected to be at least 90% “go.”

SpaceX identified the ship only as a “cruise liner” and, as of late Sunday, the Coast Guard had not responded to inquiries. A Port Canaveral spokesperson did say a Coast Guard investigation is underway.

Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia were the two ships with scheduled cruises out of Port Canaveral on Sunday.”

Several years ago, my wife Marty and I were spending the night at the amazing Radisson Resort at the Port near Port Canaveral before our cruise on the Carnival Sunshine.

https://www.radissonhotelsamericas.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-resort-cape-canaveral-port

Around 10 p.m., we felt the entire hotel shake as a rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, and I’ll never forget it.

Click on the link below for the full story mentioned in this blog post:

https://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2022/01/30/cruise-ship-enters-launch-hazard-area-forcing-spacex-scrub-again/9279135002/

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