SpaceX delays its Falcon 9 Orbcomm launch until July.


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SpaceX has delayed its Falcon 9 Orbcomm launch until July.

“SpaceX is taking a closer look at a potential issue identified while conducting pre-flight checkouts during (Sunday’s) countdown,” the company said in statement posted on its website on Monday. “SpaceX will stand down Tuesday while our engineering teams evaluate further,” it said.

Taking into account a previously scheduled maintenance period for the Eastern Test Range, which supports launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the earliest SpaceX expects to be able to fly is the first week of July.

The willingness of SpaceX to address technical issues rather than push for launch continues to recommend them to me, especially as the company also has a record of producing what it promises within a remarkably fast schedule.

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  • mpthompson

    A slip of a few weeks for this launch really doesn’t matter as long as it ultimately is successful. What’s more important is whether SpaceX can successfully ramp up production to meet their growing backlog of launches. Growing the Falcon 9 production line by 100% to 200% in just a year must be an incredible challenge.

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