SpaceX to dispatch USA spy satellite in first national security mission


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a next-generation navigation satellite was grounded Tuesday because of a last-minute technical snag. "SpaceX team called a hold due to an out of family reading on first-stage sensors", the.

Wednesday's launch window opens at 9:07 a.m. EST and is scheduled to last 26 minutes. Neither the company nor the U.S. Air Force provided details.

Around midday Tuesday, Arianespace had planned to launch a Soyuz rocket from the spaceport in French Guiana to carry a French defense and intelligence imaging satellite designated CSO-1 into orbit.

Launch the rocket with the satellite was scheduled for December 18. As for how it might affect regular Global Positioning System users, the firm says, "our phones will receive an upgraded Global Positioning System signal from this satellite by the end of 2019".

While there, Vice President Pence announced that President Trump is launching the Pentagon's new Space Command. t's an effort to better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next five years.

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Another canceled mission SpaceX is hoping to relocate to a Wednesday launch is their latest New Shepard mission, which will take place at the Blue Origin West Texas Suborbital Launch Site.

Surrounded by four lightning suppression system towers, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands at Space Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in May 2012. The launch window then begins at 9:07 A.M Eastern. SpaceX said its rocket threw an abort alert due to a sensor issue, while Blue Origin explained that a "ground infrastructure issue" was to blame for its own delay.

The spacecraft, GPS III-SV01, is up to three times as accurate as its predecessor, according to Lockheed Martin, and today will be the first time it is sent into space.

Also due to launch later today was a rocket made by French company Arianespace, but this has also been delayed until tomorrow because of "unfavorable high-altitude wind conditions", the company said this afternoon.

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