Falcon 9, Atlas V Launches Delayed Due to Range Problem

Falcon 9 lifts off with the SES-8 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)
Falcon 9 lifts off with the SES-8 satellite. (Credit: SpaceX)

The scheduled Sunday launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has been postponed due to problems on the U.S. Air Force’s Eastern Test Range, officials said.

Reports indicate that there was a fire that has knocked out a radar system needed to track the flight. The Air Force is not able to repair the system in time.

The Falcon 9 will launch a Dragon cargo vehicle to the International Space Station. It is the third commercial cargo flight of 12 that SpaceX will conduct under a contract with NASA.

Earlier this week, ULA was forced to postpone the launch of an Atlas V rocket with a spy satellite aboard due to the same range problem.

No new dates have been set for either launch.