Published: Thu, December 20, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Elon Musk's SpaceX cancels rocket launch again because of technical glitch

Elon Musk's SpaceX cancels rocket launch again because of technical glitch

Tuesday's 9:11 a.m. launch window was initially delayed before it was aborted altogether. The satellite will be deployed to medium Earth orbit approximately 1 hour and 56 minutes after liftoff.

Today, on 18th of December in the year 2018 there is a launch of a rocket of four companies.

However, all of these scrubs set up the possibility of an even greater day of launches on Wednesday (weather permitting, of course!).

This launch is the first of 32 planned Global Positioning System satellites that will be launched into space to replace old ones now in orbit.

Elon Musk's SpaceX halted Tuesday's launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the US military, postponing for at least a day the space transportation company's first designated national security mission for the United States. Instead, it will be sent into the atmosphere to prevent space junk from accumulating in orbit. That means civilian receivers capable of receiving the new signal will have more satellites to lock in on, improving accuracy.

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Vice President Mike Pence was on hand a the nearby Kennedy Space Center to take in the launch and reassured space workers he understood the importance of making sure all systems are "go" before committing a half-billion-dollar satellite to flight. Lockheed Martin is building the new satellites outside Denver.

Meanwhile Bezos' mission was due to launch shortly after, at 2.30pm, but has also been scrapped until tomorrow because of a "ground infrastructure issue". Launch has been pushed back a day in hopes of better weather.

The GPS satellite launch was originally scheduled for 2014 but has been hobbled by production delays, the Air Force said. "Slating next launch window NET Friday 12/21 pending further review". This day has been marked as the bookend as because this is the first time in the world history that so many rockets were launched at once on to space. United Launch Alliance still has a mission scheduled for Tuesday evening.

The launch marks SpaceX's first so-called National Security Space mission as defined by the USA military, SpaceX said.

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