SpaceX prematurely ends dispatch of updated GPS satellite for the US Space Force

SpaceX prematurely ended the dispatch of a Falcon 9 rocket conveying an updated Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) for the U.S. Space Force on Friday (Oct. 2).

Dispatch regulators canceled the dispatch around two seconds before the organization’s Falcon 9 rocket should lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The rocket was planned to dispatch the cutting edge GPS III SV04 satellite into space at 9:43 p.m. EDT (0143 GMT on Oct. 3).

The following dispatch open door for this mission is on Saturday at 9:39 p.m. EDT (0139 GMT on Oct. 4), SpaceX head incorporation engineer John Insprucker said during a dispatch discourse.

At the hour of the prematurely end, it was not satisfactory if SpaceX prematurely ended the dispatch because of an issue with the rocket or the ground emotionally supportive networks, Insprucker said. Regardless of whether SpaceX will have the option to attempt the dispatch again on Saturday night will rely upon what amount of time it requires for the organization to distinguish and tackle the difficult that prompted the prematurely end, he included.

Once dispatched, the GPS III SV04 satellite will be the fourth in a progression of 10 overhauled, cutting edge GPS satellites for the U.S. military. SpaceX dispatched two of these satellites in December 2018 and in June of this current year, while one dispatched on a Delta IV Medium rocket in August 2019.

Friday’s dispatch prematurely end was the second in two days for SpaceX.

An alternate Falcon 9 rocket endured a dispatch prematurely end on Thursday while endeavoring to dispatch 60 new Starlink web satellites from Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral close to the Air Force station. SpaceX has not authoritatively reported another dispatch date for that mission.