Published: Thu, December 20, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Four commercial rockets headed into space on Tuesday

Four commercial rockets headed into space on Tuesday

The launch date has been pushed back from September to October to December 15, then to Tuesday and then to Wednesday.

The rockets include one made by Elon Musk's Space X and another by Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, but both have now been put off until Wednesday.

First up on the schedule is SpaceX, which plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket at around 9:11 am local time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch the GPS III SV01 Mission at 9:11 a.m., but was delayed until 9:34 a.m.to account for upper level winds.

Launch window opens at 9:07 a.m. ET. For the others, Wednesday is now the big potential day for launches.

It'll be carrying a satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The capsule will be uncrewed and will be taking a NASA-sponsored payload into space.

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"I attended my first launch here at Kennedy Space Center 15 years ago and the most important thing is that we got that rocket up safely and securely and it achieves its mission", Pence said.

"We are scrubbing today's #NewShepard launch due to a ground infrastructure issue". It's unclear when the next window after Wednesday will be if that launch window doesn't work out. It will carry a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite called the NROL- 71, which the Air Force says will help to give "innovative overhead intelligence systems for national security".

Elon Musk's SpaceX has cancelled the long-delayed launch of a navigation satellite for the U.S. military, failing to complete its first designated national security mission for the United States because of technical issue with its rocket. "Stand by for updates as we see what weather looks like for tomorrow #NS10", Blue Origin tweeted on Tuesday following their decision to abort their launch plans.

France's Arianespace is the third to launch.

For the last decade, the United Launch Alliance, or ULA, has launched all of the Air Force's space-based missions.

Finally, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft will return to Earth with three members of the International Space Station's crew tonight.

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