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ULA scrubs spy satellite launch scrubbed, to try again Saturday

ULA scrubs spy satellite launch scrubbed, to try again Saturday

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Dec. 7 (UPI) -- United Launch Alliance was forced to scrub its Delta 4-Heavy rocket launch as a result of a communications error. Prior to liftoff, engineers discovered a "redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site," according to a statement released by ULA. The company's most powerful rocket was scheduled to carry a spy satellite into space on Friday, but the mission has been delayed until Saturday evening. Liftoff from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base is scheduled for 11:06 p.m. ET, 8:19 p.m. local time. "The forecast shows a 60 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for launch," ULA announced on its blog. ULA will stream a live broadcast of Saturday's launch. The satellite belongs to the National Reconnaissance Office, of the U.S. governm...
Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scrubbed at last second

Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scrubbed at last second

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July 3 (UPI) -- SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket didn't get off the launch pad at Cape Canaveral on Monday because something triggered an automatic abort just seconds away from lift-off, officials said.The rocket, carrying the Intelsat 35e satellite, was set to blast off at 7:37 p.m. EDT Monday. Mission controllers received an extended launch window into the evening, but the window closed not long after the computer system issued the abort.It wasn't immediately clear why the computer triggered the abort -- with 9 seconds until blast off.SpaceX said the next lunch opportunity could be Tuesday, the Fourth of July.When it is launched, the satellite will be propelled into space by an expendable version of the Falcon 9 rocket, which means SpaceX won't attempt to land the rocket on a floating platform a...