United Launch Alliance (ULA) canceled plans to launch the Delta IV Heavy rocket, Thursday, June 9, 2016, because of inclement weather. Satellite imagery of a major storm moving toward the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, caused the technicians to delay the satellite. The alternative time is set for Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 1:51 p.m. EDT.
The 45th Space Wing, U.S. Air Force, reported that the probability of the launch had been 40 percent throughout the previous week. On Thursday, as the time for the launch approached the chance was diminished to 30 percent.
The National Reconnaissance Office tweeted that the satellite will be carrying “a national security payload” developed by the agency. The launch of this satellite will be the beginning of several launches planned by ULA.
The next launch is for a commercial satellite, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2016. They are also planning to send another satellite for enhancing secure military communications. ULA is a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. They have 11 launches planned, from the Florida Coast, in the next seven months.
By Gichele Cocrelle
Edited by Cathy Milne
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