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Launch of next generation Global Positioning System satellite postponed for 1 day

Launch of next generation Global Positioning System satellite postponed for 1 day”

"This abort was triggered by the onboard Falcon 9 flight computer", a SpaceX official narrating the launch sequence said, adding that SpaceX would attempt the launch on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Blue Origin is now targeting a Friday launch for its resuable New Shepard rocket and space capsule.

The launch of a new Global Positioning System satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit.

Later, a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch the U.S. NROL-71 spy satellite from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 8:44 p.m. EST (0144 December 20 GMT). It's scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 8:57 p.m. EST (5:57 p.m. PST).

If all the rockets now scheduled launch as planned, there could be five launches within a 24 hour period.

On Tuesday, SpaceX halted the launch minutes before liftoff due to a technical issue.

Elon Musk's SpaceX has cancelled the long-delayed launch of a navigation satellite for the U.S. military, failing to complete its first designated national security mission for the United States because of technical issue with its rocket.

In 2016, SpaceX won an $83 million Air Force contract to launch the GPS III satellite, which will have a lifespan of 15 years. The capsule will be uncrewed and will be taking a NASA-sponsored payload into space. The payload is a satellite for the US Air Force, and Vice President Mike Pence has said he'll attend.

"Still working through ground infrastructure issues and monitoring incoming weather in West Texas", Blue Origin representatives wrote on Twitter. It's unclear when the next window after Wednesday will be if that launch window doesn't work out. The satellite is nicknamed "Vespucci" after America's namesake explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

Musk's rocket was due to launch this afternoon at 2.11pm United Kingdom time. And Arianespace said weather conditions forced it to delay a mission in French Guiana.

Finally, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft will return to Earth with three members of the International Space Station's crew tonight.



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