Two days prior, the mission had been aborted after problems were detected with the fuel loading procedure itself. SpaceX stressed that the decision was made out of an abundance of caution.

SpaceX has not announced yet when it will try the launch again, but the delays as it brings its technology online are will cost it and its customers. This mission, on behalf of the European satellite giant SES, was originally scheduled for last fall. The company could be an important source of business for SpaceX, but its executives have told their shareholders that the delay of SES-9 will affect their earnings.

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