The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket carrying the GPS III SV01 navigation satellite for the U.S. Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as day breaks for a launch attempt on Dec. 22, 2018.
The launch of a SpaceX Rocket carrying advanced GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force on Saturday (Dec. 22) has been delayed for 24 hours by company officials.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket was minutes from the launch of the new GPS III SV01 satellite, the first of a new breed of U.S. navigation satellites, from a pad at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (liftoff was set for 9:21 am EST, or 1421 GMT) when the company officially stood down for the day. Flight controllers have been tracking unacceptably high winds throughout the otherwise smooth countdown.
Tom Praderio, the SpaceX firmware engineer, said during a live commentary. The next launch attempt will be Sunday, Dec. 23, at 8:51 am.m. EST (1351 GMT). [How GPS Satellites Work]
Saturday's delay is the latest holdup for GPS III SV01 launch.
SpaceX tried to launch the navigation satellite Tuesday (Dec. 18), but an Unexpected sensor reading on the Falcon. Foul weather thwarted a second launch try on Thursday (Dec. 20), prompting the slip to Saturday.
The GPS III SV01 satellite was built by the U.S. military and civilians. Nicknamed Vespucci (after Amerigo Vespucci) The SUV-sized satellite will replace the aging SVN-43 GPS satellite. which launched in July 1997, Air Force officials have said.
The flight of the GPS III SV01 is a SpaceX's mission for the year, and the Hawthorne, California-based company.