But SpaceX said on Twitter it was standing down from the launch attempt of the GPS III to further evaluate an "out of family" reading on the rocket's first-stage sensors and would confirm a new launch date once that review was complete. The blue origin is launching about 19 minutes later than that of Space X. and the third is most probably scheduled at 11:37 am by the Eastern Standard Time.
Space X schedules the launch of Falcon 9 at 9:11 am, local time of Cape Canaveral Air Force station. Blue Origin, too, said it meant to fly the tenth mission of its New Shepard Launch system from West Texas.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a next-generation navigation satellite was grounded Tuesday because of a last-minute technical snag.
There was not enough time left in the window to fix the problem, so launch was delayed to 9:07 a.m. EST Wednesday. Launch has been pushed back a day in hopes of better weather.
However, all of these scrubs set up the possibility of an even greater day of launches on Wednesday (weather permitting, of course!).
Pence took the opportunity to provide an update on the Trump administration's plans to create a U.S. Space Force, saying the president is setting up a new Space Command to oversea all the nation's activities in the space arena.
Elon Musk's SpaceX halted Tuesday's launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the US military, postponing for at least a day the space transportation company's first designated national security mission for the United States. All the technical issues were all overcome, and then rockets were launched.
For the last decade, the United Launch Alliance, or ULA, has launched all of the Air Force's space-based missions. It's unclear when the next window after Wednesday will be if that launch window doesn't work out.
The launch of the Lockheed Martin-designed GPS III SV01, named Vespucci, is the first step in a longterm plan to upgrade the GPS satellite constellation managed by the United States Air Force's Global Positioning Systems Wing. At present, this is scheduled for 5:57 p.m. PST.