A fire at a radar site used by the Air Force to track rockets lifting off at the Kennedy Space Center has delayed all launches there, including SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 flight.


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A fire at a radar site used by the Air Force to track rockets lifting off at the Kennedy Space Center has delayed all launches there, including SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 flight.

Initially the Air Force thought they could make repairs relatively quick, but now think it could take as long as 45 days. No new launch date for the Falcon 9/Dragon flight as yet been set.

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4 comments

  • Yet another reason for SpaceX to make a decision on building a new launch site.

  • geoffc

    And LC-39A, and the Florida spaceport proposed just north would still be vicitm to this sort of issue by basically sharing the same range.

  • wodun

    It would allow them to carry on with operations but it wouldn’t necessarily help launch the payload that was grounded. From a customer’s perspective, NASA would still face the delay even if SpaceX had a launch site in Texas.

  • miven

    No drop-in replacement units available? Please tell me that somebody will be held accountable for this..

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