SpaceX’s launch of Malaysia’s Razaksat remote sensing satellite has been rescheduled for mid-July, a two-month slip from its original April 21 launch date.
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Due to a potential compatibility issue between the RazakSAT spacecraft and Falcon 1 launch vehicle, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (ATSB) have agreed to postpone the launch of ATSB’s RazakSAT satellite.
SpaceX is looking at about a six-week delay on the launch of its next Falcon 1 rocket, The New Straits Times reports:
The launch of the RazakSAT, Malaysia’s second remote sensing satellite has been postponed until further notice due to “technical problems”.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces that the launch window for ATSBâ€™s RazakSAT on Falcon 1 Flight 5, is currently scheduled to open Monday, April 20th at 4:00 p.m. (PDT) / 7:00 p.m. (EDT).
SpaceX has confirmed the date for its next Falcon 1 launch as April 21. The rocket will take off from Omelek Island in the Marshall Islands with Malaysia’s RazakSAT communications satellite and two secondary payloads. It will be the El Segundo, Calif.-based company’s fifth launch of the rocket, which has succeeded one and failed three times.
It looks like SpaceX’s next launch of the Falcon 1 rocket will occur on April 21. Malaysia’s The Star website is reporting that its RazakSAT will be launched from Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands on that date.
The Federal Aviation Administration has given its OK for SpaceX to launch Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launches. In a report, the agency said the launches will pose “no significant short-term or long-term effects to the environment or surrounding populations.”
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