SpaceX Orbits Comsats, Progress Resupply Launch Scrubbed

Soyuz rocket with Progress 68 resupply ship. (Credit: Roscosmos)

SpaceX successfully launched the SES 11 and EchoStar 105 communication satellites on Wednesday evening from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed on an off-shore drone ship.

Meanwhile, the launch of Progress 68 resupply ship was scrubbed from Baikonur for an unknown reason. The launch of the Soyuz rocket has been rescheduled for no earlier than Saturday Oct. 14 at 4:46 am EDT (0846 GMT).

The thriced delayed launch of an ULA Atlas V booster from Cape Canaveral has been rescheduled for no earlier than Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3:31 a.m. EDT (0731 GMT).

Orbital ATK has delayed the planned Oct. 17 launch of a Minotaur-C booster originally from Vandenberg to perform some additional testing on the rocket. The company has not announced a new date yet.

Below is the launch schedule for the rest of the month.

October 13

Payload: Sentinel 5p Earth observation satellite
Launch time: 5:27 a.m. EDT (0927 GMT)
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

October 14

Atlas V
Payload: NROL-52
Launch time:  3:31 a.m. EDT (0731 GMT)
Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

October 14

Payload: Progress 68P resupply ship
Launch time: 4:46 am EDT (0846 GMT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

October 30

Falcon 9
Payload: Koreasat 5A communications satellite
Launch window: 3:34-5:58 p.m. EDT (1934-2158 GMT)
Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida


Payload: 6 SkySat Earth observation satellites
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-576E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California