SpaceX rocket launch aborted at last second

June 4, 2010 By MARCIA DUNN , AP Aerospace Writer

(AP) -- A multimillionaire's rocket came within seconds of launching before the test flight was aborted at Cape Canaveral.

SpaceX - or Space Exploration Technologies - may try again later Friday afternoon to launch the rocket on its maiden voyage. With only a few seconds to go before launch, the Falcon 9 rocket apparently shut down.

The Falcon 9 is carrying a mock-up of the company's , named Dragon. The goal of the test flight is to put the capsule into orbit.

hopes to use the Falcon-Dragon combo for hauling cargo and possibly astronauts to the , once the shuttles stop flying.

SpaceX's founder is Elon Musk, who co-founded PayPal.

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