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.

Blue Origin Shows Interest in Shiloh Launch Site

With touchdown 1,630 feet from the launch pad, Blue Origin completed a successful test of its Crew Capsule escape system. (Credit: Blue Origin)
With touchdown 1,630 feet from the launch pad, Blue Origin completed a successful test of its Crew Capsule escape system. (Credit: Blue Origin)

Florida Today reports that Blue Origin is also interested in operating out of the launch complex that Florida officials want to build at the north end of the Kennedy Space Center.

Blue Origin, backed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, says Space Florida’s proposed “Shiloh” site would be a good fit for tests of a reusable booster and eventual launches of cargo and crews to orbit.

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