Cruise ship enters launch hazard area, forcing SpaceX to scrub again

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Update: Port Canaveral and the Coast Guard have confirmed the ship that violated Sunday’s launch hazard area was Harmony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean vessel. An investigation is under way.

The next attempt to launch is still set for 6:11 pm EST Monday, Jan 31.

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 pm 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.

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