Rocket Sensor Glitch Scrubs SpaceX’s First Spy Satellite Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX has pushed behind a initial launch of a U.S troops satellite for Monday (May 1) after a sensor emanate triggered a 24-hour check on Sunday (April 30).


Liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a personal satellite for a National Reconnaissance Office is now targeted between 7 and 9 a.m. EDT (1100 and 1300 GMT) from a Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX was 52 seconds divided from liftoff on Sunday when a sensor emanate with a rocket’s initial theatre triggered a hold. [Watch: How SpaceX Is Getting Into Military Launches]

“Out of an contentment of counsel we motionless to dumpy a launch,” pronounced SpaceX commentator John Federspiel, a lead automatic pattern operative during a company.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a personal NROL-76 view satellite for a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office stands atop Launch Pad 39-A during NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A initial theatre sensor emanate has behind a launch to Monday, May 1, 2017.
Credit: SpaceX

The goal will be a 34th for SpaceX, though its first dedicated moody for a U.S. military

The sly NRO, that operates the nation’s network of view satellites, purchased a launch around a agreement with Ball Aerospace, group mouthpiece Karen Furgerson pronounced on Sunday.

SpaceX also has won dual contracts with a Air Force to launch Global Positioning System satellites in 2018 and 2019. The company, owned and operated by Elon Musk, has a reserve of some-more than 70 missions, value some-more than $10 billion. 

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