SpaceX halted a scheduled launch of a US military GPS satellite on Friday night with only two seconds left in the countdown. The launch was scheduled for a 15-minute window opening at 6:43 pm. PT. Everything seemed to be running smoothly, up to two seconds before launch. SpaceX was just starting the engine ignition sequence when it stopped the clock.
SpaceX and the United Statesthey are getting along very well. Friday’s launch attempt in Florida follows a .
Once Elon Musk’s company launches the GPS satellite, it will attempt to land the first stage of the Falcon 9 on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft is expected to deploy approximately 90 minutes after takeoff.
SpaceX hosted a live stream of the launch on Friday, which you can watch below to see how events unfolded.
The GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 04 is the fourth in a series of GPS satellites operated by the US Space Force, the newest branch of the military. It will join a larger constellation of satellites already in orbit.
It’s been a busy week for rocket launches that haven’t actually been launched. SpaceX was supposed to send a new batch of Starlink communications satellites into orbit on a Falcon 9 on Thursday, but that technical problem interrupted the most recent attempt.. Wednesday with a classified spy satellite, but a
The delayed launch of Starlink combined with the Space Force mission created an elegant photo opportunity. SpaceX shared a file view the two Falcon 9s on their separate launch pads on Twitter earlier this week.
We’ll see if SpaceX can escort the GPS mission into orbit as intended. As we saw this week, delays are common.