The liftoff of SpaceX, which was originally set for Sunday morning, is now scheduled for Monday at 7 a.m. from the Kennedy Space Center.
The SpaceX team halted the launch due to an issue with a sensor on a rocket booster.
SpaceX is working on a classified mission with the National Reconnaissance Office that launches this weekend on a Falcon 9 rocket.
The Sunday launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has a two-hour window beginning at 7 a.m. It is the first mission SpaceX has attempted with the secretive NRO.
A webcast of Sunday’s launch will be available on SpaceX’s website.
The launch will take place on the historic Launch Complex 39A, which was originally built to support the Apollo program in the 1960s and modified later to support Space Shuttle launches.
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Dragon lift off from Launch Pad 39A on Feb. 19, 2017
Neither group has said much about the payload, but the NRO designs, builds and operates U.S. reconnaissance satellites that provide information to several government agencies. According to Wikipedia, the NRO was established in 1960.
Most NRO rocket launch missions get their own patch. This one is NROL-76.
Static fire test complete. Targeting Falcon 9 launch of NROL-76 on Sunday, April 30. pic.twitter.com/mk0dQGj17o
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 25, 2017
Sunday’s launch will include an attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage at SpaceX’s Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The 45th Weather Squadron, which does forecasts for Cape launches, is predicting an 80 percent chance of liftoff with the only concerns being winds and cumulus clouds. Maximum upper-level winds will be from the west at 80 mph at 45,000 feet.
According to Space News:
Sunday’s launch also stands to be the first national security launch for SpaceX since successfully launching and landing a previously flown Falcon 9 booster March 30 on a mission for commercial satellite fleet operator SES. The U.S. government has yet to certify launches using reused boosters for national security spacecraft.
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