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SpaceX postpones rocket launch until Thursday

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with SES-8 communications satellite awaits launch from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral FL file

SpaceX postponed the Falcon 9 launch for a satellite-delivery mission and attempted return-landing for at least 24 hours, the company said.

While SpaceX will attempt one of its gutsy rocket landings after Thursday's launch, the company stated that it doesn't expect a high probability of success for this landing attempt.

There is an 80% chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

According the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, the only launch weather concerns for Thursday are liftoff winds.

Headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, who also runs Tesla Motors, the company is working to hone the techniques of recycling rockets, instead of jettisoning their costly components after each launch.

SpaceX is suing the Air Force for the right to compete for US national security satellites launches using Falcon 9 rockets such as this one which successfully launched the SES-8 communications satellite on Dec. 3 2013 from Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral FL. C

The main mission is to launch a commercial communications satellite called SES-9, which will deliver television and high-speed broadband services to the Asia-Pacific region, to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) for the Luxembourg-based SES, a satellite operator.

SES, which now operates a constellation of 53 satellites, has three more under contract to fly on SpaceX Falcon rockets through 2017, SES Chief Technology Officer Martin Halliwell told reporters at a prelaunch news conference.

While SpaceX has already proven it can land its rockets - a feat the company achieved for the first time at its Landing Zone 1 site at Cape Canaveral last December - landing on a floating platform in the ocean is technically more challenging than touching down on land, like December's achievement.

A new Falcon 9 costs about $61 million, the company's website shows. "That's something which I would really like to do", Halliwell said.

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