SpaceX canceled the launch of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle two seconds before launch. The engineers have not yet reported what problem they are facing and how long it will take them to solve it.
SpaceX has interrupted the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket with an upgraded global positioning satellite (GPS) satellite for the US Space Force.
The launch was canceled about two seconds before the Falcon 9 rocket was to take off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket was slated to launch the next generation GPS III SV04 satellite into orbit.
The date of the next launch is unknown, according to SpaceX chief integration engineer John Insprucker. However, engineers plan to launch the satellite in October.
At the time of the cancellation, it was not clear if SpaceX aborted the launch due to an issue with the rocket or ground support systems. The date of the postponement of the launch will depend on how long it takes for the company to identify and resolve the problem that led to the aborted flight.
Upon launch, the GPS III SV04 satellite will be the fourth in a series of ten upgraded next-generation GPS satellites for the US military. SpaceX launched two of these satellites in December 2018 and June 2020, and in August 2019 one of them was launched on a Delta IV Medium rocket.
Another Falcon 9 rocket aborted its launch while attempting to launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites. SpaceX has also not officially announced a new launch date for this mission.