Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has postponed the launch of six commercial communication satellites for the third time, said officials on Sunday. The launch was supposed to take placed from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket containing the six satellites was slated for 5:30 pm EDT on Sunday. The six satellites are owned by Orbcomm Inc, and are made to provide messaging services worldwide. The Falcon 9 also runs delivery assignments to the International Space Station for NASA.
SpaceX is a privately owned space transport services company. It is owned and operated by Elon Musk, the man who brought the world such companies as PayPal and Tesla Motors. SpaceX has been trying to launch its tenth Falcon 9 rocket since Friday, but to no avail.
The launch was originally postponed to Saturday after a potential technical problem arose in one of the rocket’s engines on Friday. While the issue was presumably fixed for Saturday, poor weather lead to the launch being postponed again.
SpaceX rescheduled the launch for Sunday, but it was postponed once again due to another technical error. It is not clear what that error might be, or if it connected to Friday’s engine glitch, as SpaceX has not released information on it.
“The … launch attempt has been scrubbed to address a potential concern identified during pre-flight checks,” SpaceX wrote on its website.
“The vehicle and payload are in good condition, and engineering teams will take the extra time to ensure the highest possible level of mission assurance prior to flight,” it continued.
The next launch is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, and hopefully it will not be postponed again. It is unclear if SpaceX will be broadcasting the launch.
The company announced a media blackout for Saturday’s launch, but said they would try to broadcast Sunday’s launch. No word has yet been made about Tuesday.