The launch of the Delta IV rocket carrying the second of the new GPS IIF satellites has been delayed for 24 hours. The new launch time is 2:45 to 3:04 Friday morning EDT (7:45 to 8:04 BST).
The delay is to allow last minute checking out of the satellite. There were a number of rumours and speculation flying round NASA’s Kennedy Space Center today, but no firm facts as to the cause of the delay were mentioned. A later statement said that the delay was for the “GPS spacecraft team time to complete assessment and coordination of satellite readiness to launch”
The official USAF 45th Space Wing press release follows:
GPS Block IIF satellite launch postponed 24 hours
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. – The launch of a Delta IV rocket carrying the GPS IIF-2 payload for the Air Force is being postponed 24 hours to allow the GPS spacecraft team time to complete an assessment of a technical item.
The launch is rescheduled for Friday, July 15 from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at the opening of a 19-minute window at 2:45 a.m. EDT. The forecast for July 15 shows a 70 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch.