SpaceX scrubs rocket launch in Florida

21 December, 2018, 19:28 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • SpaceX halts U.S. satellite launch for national security mission

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a new Global Positioning System satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 9:34 a.m. ET on Tuesday, in a mission that was delayed by unfavorable winds high in the Earth's atmosphere.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a next-generation navigation satellite was grounded Tuesday because of a last-minute technical snag.

SpaceX later tweeted that the Falcon 9 and payload remain healthy and cited an "out of family" reading on the rocket's first stage sensors for the delay.

Elon Musk's SpaceX was balanced on Tuesday to dispatch another government operative satellite for the US military, checking what the space transportation organization said was its originally assigned national security mission for the United States. The live stream typically starts about 15 minutes before the launch window opens and is available on the SpaceX website as well as on YouTube, or below.

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The Air Force designs and operates the GPS system, which has widespread civilian and military applications.

GPS III will also provide military users with M-Code capability, a stronger and more secure signal, less susceptible to jamming and spoofing.

Two-and-a-half hours after the SpaceX launch Wednesday, Arianespace plans to make another attempt to boost a French military surveillance satellite into orbit from its flight facility in French Guiana.

It's the first of 32 planned GPS III satellites that will replace older ones now in orbit.

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The full suite of GPS III satellites is expected to be operational by 2021.

Just 19 minutes later at 8:30 a.m. CST Blue Origin will be launching its suborbital New Shepard capsule from West Texas. Paired with an earlier delay due to unfavorable upper-level winds, the slowdown pushed the rocket past its launch window. - The Air Force's first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech on December 7 in preparation for its upcoming launch - now scheduled for tomorrow - at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

"We are scrubbing today's #NewShepard launch due to a ground infrastructure issue". United Launch Alliance still has a mission scheduled for Tuesday evening.

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